Sen. Tom Cotton on Monday launched an initiative to get more conservative military veterans elected to Congress.
The Arkansas Republican announced the Veterans to Victory program, and it immediately included three endorsements.
They are Derrick Van Orden, running in Wisconsin’s 3rd District; incumbent Rep. Mike Gallagher, representing Wisconsin’s 8th District; and incumbent Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks, who won 2020’s closest election, taking Iowa’s 2nd District by just six votes.
“One thing I learned while serving in the Army is that you can never retreat. Always advance,” Cotton, an Army Ranger who served as an infantry officer in Iraq and Afghanistan, said in a video promoting his new cause.
“Our veterans led the way on the battlefield, and now we need conservative veterans to lead the way in Congress.”
Cotton added that this is an effort to find and support vets who “won’t bend a knee to the woke mob,” who “will stand up against open borders and Critical Race Theory,” and who will “lead the charge to fire [Democratic Speaker] Nancy Pelosi.”
Van Orden is a retired Navy SEAL, Gallagher spent seven years in the Marine Corps and Miller-Meeks, a doctor, is a retired Army lieutenant colonel.
Cotton will formally introduce the Veterans for Victory initiative in Iowa on today.
“The best way to stop the Biden-Harris agenda is to bring more conservative leaders to Washington,” Cotton said in a statement in unveiling his campaign.
“And the skills veterans learn while serving our country make them uniquely qualified to lead. Today, I am launching the ‘Veterans to Victory’ program to give veterans the support they need to win and take back the majority.”
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