1992 was only 26 years ago. Let’s not start proclaiming the end of an era just yet Besides, there’s plenty of veterans in the pipeline for both parties. Tom Cotton and Tammy Duckworth are the first two that spring to mind, but there’s many more out there. Look man (or woman), I’m not having a pissing contest. I am a veteran that McCain Hero – Trump Zero Veterans Are Not Suckers Or Losers T-Shirt been deployed in combat, I’m not a war hero, but I know some. I didn’t call either of them heroes, I’m saying simply being a deployed veteran doesn’t automatically necessitate hero status. A heroic act does I think that “war hero” isn’t something that can be self-determined (or self-denied). There are plenty of people who would consider you a war hero
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It is luck but it is also an important distinction. When I, at least, think war hero candidate I think someone who bases a significant amount of their pitch on their military service. So Jackson, Tippacanoe, Grant, or all the other Civil War generals, and so on. You missed Eisenhower as a big one, but there are smaller ones too: McCain Hero – Trump Zero Veterans Are Not Suckers Or Losers T-Shirt during the mid-19th century when expansion was a big thing, generals often served as president after proving capable at fighting natives and Mexicans and such (see: Polk, Taylor, Garfield, Hayes, Ben Harrison). Theodore Roosevelt wasn’t elected president, but while campaigning as vice president the main thing he was known for was his leadership of the Rough Riders.
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I think this is mostly accidental. Between WW2, Korea, and Vietnam the drafts made candidates likely to have experience. A 40 year old now never could have been drafted. I also think it’s coincidental. There’s no particular reason (specific to him) why John McCain couldn’t have been President instead of Bush Jr. (lost the primary to him in 2000) or even Obama if the right circumstances had been there in 2008 (no Iraq war and no Great Recession). He served because his father McCain Hero – Trump Zero Veterans Are Not Suckers Or Losers T-Shirt running for re-election, and he didn’t want to give his opponent any ammunition to use against him. He was kept stateside (allegedly) because the Nixon Administration didn’t want to give a Democrat facing a tough re-election challenge a “son in Vietnam” to use on the campaign trail, as Gore Sr was already using images of Al in uniform in campaign materials