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You know that they've made the case and that maybe they should have thought about that before the brought it over while Democrats work to persuade Republican colleagues to vote with them I've been reaching out to my Republican colleagues to see if they have questions want to discuss issues and so far I have not made any progress Senate Democrats say they want to hear real counter arguments from the president's defense team up next door here to here finger pointing at the house and how they conducted investigation what I want here is their facts and circumstances to disprove what we've heard so far and tomorrow's session begins at ten AM and then we'll run for several hours the president's legal team will likely use Saturday Monday and Tuesday for their opening arguments and they to get twenty four hours reporting in Washington I'm Corey love are now back to you and so we'll talk about that tonight needless to say by virtue of the fact that we have heard the same thing over and over and over again there are other reasons why we have our guest on this evening St Peters joins us he is retired major from the airforce and a congressional candidate as well he was running for the house representative battles fourth congressional district in there a June night Republican primary we're gonna be talking a bit about the impeachment situation to be sure and also about why there are war veterans in the public office so again I'm not sure that that we have heard anything that that the necessarily of promotes saying anything that we haven't said for the past several nights in a row so what will still be perceived as the the the topic allows us to do so and also take a look at the issue of veterans running for public office I happen to be veteran about run for public office certainly but nonetheless I think the topic is it is an important one St Peters thank you for joining us tonight yeah my pleasure and thank you for your service Sir I thank you thank you very much and I'd like was right back if that you first of all you're running for the the house in the Virginia the fourth congressional district I've I've not of that conversant with the the districts in the Nevada but the bulk of the bar and Dick Clark County that is to say right around Las Vegas is this one of those districts where the port the congressional district in the fourth congressional district that it is the top third of the Las Vegas valley includes north Las Vegas north west Las Vegas and that Jackie and the rural areas and almost to Carson city on the west and six and a half county in total very good so it's one of the the bigger districts like I said Las Vegas Nevada like a number of western states was largely a a city state if you will but to the population around the Las Vegas similar to Phoenix Arizona Salt Lake City a Utah and so on so I've got a better a better grip I guess all this particular district it is said that the metro Las Vegas but to the rural areas I guess of of the van are pretty Republican metro Las Vegas varies I guess so but I I know the sort of difficult you're quite competitive in much of that region what can you tell us about the fourth district what port district is split block into conception they it was born out of the twenty ten census Democrat held the first two years of twenty twelve to fourteen a Republican one in twenty fourteen held it locked into a Democrat and then that Democrats stepped out in the Democrats who want to first time step back in and they are the Republican who want to be the first time that a rematch in the Democrats okay you know why that was we can we can argue but the reality the numbers show us that it's he plus great though there are more Democrats but the non partisan vote when we run the numbers number get away the non partisan vote will decide this election if if everybody shows up so he has turned out up I know that that there's been a trend away from both veterans in but in public office and part of that of course is simply a reflection of the fact that if you go back say to to World War two a virtually every adult male was a veteran and to a certain extent the lack of better words in public office is a reflection of the fact we have had the major wars is very to time it's also to a certain extent a reflection of the fact that we into the draft as well but but I note that in the Senate the last time I looked I think that there was something like the thirteen percent of the Senate it was the veterans at one point I figured recent memory was about double that the house in nineteen seventy seven that eighty percent of the the house members were veterans that number the last time I checked was nineteen percent for the presidency of course you can go back did say just to to World War two and the president's Truman Eisenhower Kennedy Johnson Nixon Ford Carter Reagan and H. W. bush were all veterans since that time with the presidencies of Bill Clinton of George W. bush rock Obama and Donald Trump of those four presidencies the only military services the Air National Guard service of of president George W. bush not to to me that but it's simply a note the fact that increasingly decisions of this country that often especially at the federal level often affect the security of the country and people in uniform are increasingly being made by people who have ever spent one second in uniform that bothers me as well as well it should as well as your I mean I I get done nineteen twenty years in the airforce they deployed to the Middle East four times I brown start of Afghanistan you know if you if you gonna send the sons and daughters of America overseas to to fight wars that we should or shouldn't be and you know that's another debatable topic you should have you should have a really close grip grasp on on that decision and and what it really means you know when I was in Afghanistan you're carrying carrying very body capital no flag draped caskets across the tarmac to repatriate are our troops I in that manner back the United state that as a significant our responsibility and our daughter to have it unfortunately but you know having that experience no I have I have a really tight grasp on on what it means and and and making those decisions I think the leaders of our country can have that I'm not sure exactly the percentage of Americans currently who are military veterans I know certainly that the the greatest generation is dying rapidly if you look at at World War two for example except for those who may have lied about their age to get an early assuming that you were seventeen in nineteen forty five that means that the youngest World War two veterans were born in nineteen twenty eight so that means that the youngest the babies of the World War two generation were born this year they will be ninety two years of age and therefore they are a disappearing alike wise that you go to it's a career of veterans for example and you it you the look of the year the youngest of the Korean War veterans and that takes you down to I guess is roughly like let's see here born in nineteen fifty three so the forty have had to would be well doing the math quickly in my head for the seventh in their eighties open up that will do the do the matter but but even the youngest Vietnam veterans were born to back in the a time that they or their their sixties right now the the the the bottom line is for our major wars we are talking about veterans were getting extremely old obviously still have better served in the Gulf wars we have better served in Afghanistan Panama symbols such conflicts none the less as a percentage of the population it's it's dropping at at this has bothered me a great deal over the years that we increase we do we do respect our veterans I have seen and been a part of of for example people in in airports who stood up in a group of of of the military walking through the airport and I've applauded but but increasingly we treat them I think as beloved mercenaries we are so glad that they are willing to put their **** on the line for us it's not a shared thing and I think that's that's bad for the country yeah I agree with Ben a young pad to the point of the number of veteran serving in in Congress that unity and strength and I went in the military in nineteen ninety two the end strength year over year was was on a decline every year it was a it was you know a matter of dropping in strength and doing doing more missions and more activities with with your personnel so you know I at at this time we're at now I don't know that the end strength numbers now I've been out for a little bit but we are smaller all the mighty force and you know that played into the the number of people who are serving so yeah it's it's a it's a dangerous thing that we have when we don't have people leaving the country in a look in the Senate and house that they don't have a lot of experience and and know what to do with the power that now I I have with the data on occasion certainly voted for non veterans and greets me because the I have no other choice and I would say that I would vote for a veteran over non better in every instance however it is a strong tie breaker for me I did that man for those who haven't kept track of this the youngest World War two veterans are ninety two this year the youngest Korean War veterans kids are eighty four this year the youngest Vietnam veterans are seventy four years so you know again we're just talking about a serious the difference in in terms of of the time that so involved you're gonna come back and take some calls for our guests he is major Stampeders retired from the Air Force he's running for Congress from Nevada in the Republican primary and that will be talking about the impeachment as well as the need for more people who serve their country to to serve again in a 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