Not many veterans on running-mate short lists

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By Debra J. Saunders (Opinion)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are about to choose running mates. I don’t know whom they’ll pick, but I hope that one or both picks a military veteran. The next president will inherit war zones in the Middle East and Afghanistan, yet neither major party’s front-runner can boast military chops. In the past century, military service was considered an important part of a portfolio for a would-be commander in chief. After all, how can a president send others into battle when he has not seen combat himself? Military service hasn’t been mandatory in a president, nor should it be, but certainly it is preferable.

In 1992, Bill Clinton won the White House despite his legal evasion of the draft. Smartly, Clinton balanced his ticket by choosing as his running mate Sen. Al Gore, D-Tenn. While Gore’s Harvard classmates found ways to avoid serving in Vietnam, this senator’s son had enlisted in the Army and served five months in Vietnam.

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