First Iraq vet to serve in Congress endorses Buttigieg

First Iraq vet to serve in Congress endorses Buttigieg

Former Army undersecretary and congressman Patrick MurphyPatrick Erin MurphyOvernight Health Care: Rival surprise billing fix sails through House panel | Powerful Nevada union warns against Sanders health plan | Cruise ship denied entry over coronavirus fears to dock in Cambodia Cruise ship denied entry by four governments to finally dock in Cambodia Lawmakers close to finalizing federal strategy to defend against cyberattacks MORE (D-Pa.), the first Iraq War veteran to serve in Congress, endorsed South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPeter (Pete) Paul ButtigiegKlobuchar, Steyer unable to name Mexico's president in pointed interview Democrats redefine center as theirs collapses Speculation swirls around whether Bloomberg will make Las Vegas debate stage MORE’s presidential campaign Monday.

Murphy, who served in Congress from 2007 to 2011, also served as undersecretary of the Army under former President Obama from 2016 to 2017 and was the first member of Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation to endorse him.

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In an op-ed for the Military Times, Murphy wrote that like Obama, Buttigieg is a “promising young leader from the heartland who intuitively understands what it takes to win the next election and usher in a future where we can both succeed and live up to our highest ideals.”

Murphy cites both Buttigieg’s service in the Navy and his belief that it would bring a new perspective to foreign policy decisionmaking and help bring an end to “endless war.” Buttigieg, if elected, would be the first president to be a veteran of a post-Sept. 11 conflict.

“Unlike President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump administration eyes proposal to block jet engine sales to China: report Trump takes track to open Daytona 500 Brazile 'extremely dismayed' by Bloomberg record MORE, who has torched our credibility and tarnished our values, Pete appreciates why the United States must work closely with our allies around the world. I’m confident that he will promote American interests and American values abroad,” Murphy wrote.

“And I appreciate he’s put forth a call to action for national service here at home that will bring together young Americans through the baptism of service that we both experienced when we were deployed overseas,” he added.