No military veterans on Obama or Romney ticket

SHARE No military veterans on Obama or Romney ticket

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney introduces his vice presidential running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, on Saturday at the USS Wisconsin exhibit in Norfolk, Va. (AP Photo/Virginian-Pilot, Amanda Lucier)

The backdrop of the USS Wisconsin used as the scene for the announcement of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney’s running mate is perhaps an ironic choice for one reason of historic significance.

With Ryan’s selection, neither presidential ticket has a military veteran running for president and vice president, the first time that’s happened since 1932.

Ken Dilanian writes about the anomaly for Stars and Stripes and details the military non-history for all four candidates:

The military draft had long been abolished by the time Ryan and President Barack Obama turned 18. Vice President Joe Biden was deemed medically ineligible in 1968 during the Vietnam War due to a history of asthma. Romney received four draft deferments for being a college student and then for doing mission work in France for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. None of them volunteered for service.

The Latest
Stan Gehrt and Kerry Luft bring urban coyotes to the general public with “Coyotes Among Us,” a book written from the perspective of 20 years of studying coyotes at the Cook County-based Urban Coyote Research Project.
Chicago mirrors a nationwide trend where more renters are spending at least 30% of their income on rent and utilities.
The Servites order has had numerous priests and brothers accused of sexual abuse and faces an onslaught of new lawsuits. But, unlike many dioceses and orders, the group has no public list of members deemed to have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. And other church lists are incomplete.
Kate Winslet stars in irritating HBO series as a European tyrant whose cruelty is seldom interesting .
Nikki Haley attracted most independents, moderates and liberals and South Carolinians who accept the fact that Joe Biden won the last election.