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Dem Sen Candidate Thinks Military Experience Is a Disadvantage

"In military service, you kind of fall in line. They tell you what to do, and you do what they tell you to do..."

By NTK Staff | 05.22.2019 @11:29am

Eddie Mauro an Iowa Democrat seeking the Democratic Party’s nomination for Senate in 2020 to run against Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA). During a very small meeting with voters, Mauro claimed that Ernst’s experience as a combat veteran in the United States military was a disadvantage.

“Joni Ernst served our country in the National Guard. I applaud her for that, I respect that, we should all respect that. I would argue, though, that this kind of service is a little bit different,” Mauro said, speaking about working in the U.S. Senate. “In military service, you kind of fall in line, they tell you what to do and you do what they tell you to do. That’s what it’s supposed to be about.”

“In public service, I think there are times you need to step out of line to say, ‘I’m sorry Mr. Trump, you’re wrong,'” Mauro said.

Mauro’s comments were made during his campaign launch event, video of which was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

The Free Beacon highlighted Ernst’s extensive military service:

“Ernst, deployed overseas at the start of the Iraq war in 2003, attained the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Army National Guard. She became the first female combat veteran to serve in the U.S. Senate when she was elected in 2014.”

When pressed about his comments regarding Ernst’s military service being a disadvantage by a local news outlet, Mauro doubled down.

“What we’re saying is that this requires a different kind of courage,” Mauro said. “This requires standing up and saying, ‘I’m not falling in line because that line is not the right line.’ All I’m saying is it’s a different kind of service.”

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