Female vets running for office
Candidates' problem-solving perspective
- Duration 5:00
- Date Aug 4, 2012
Candidates' problem-solving perspective
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Political turnout this year there are ten female veterans who are running for political -- that's the most ever.
So why -- female that's increasingly looking to make the move from the military.
To the political office well here to tell us what -- -- are bringing to the table.
Is veteran and democratic candidate for the US house from you tied down on Mac only air.
Along with Republican candidates for the US senate Heather Wilson from New Mexico and Martha -- Sally from Arizona ladies great to see this morning.
As a -- now obviously I'm very proud of you and thank you so much for serving our country in the military.
I want to talk to each of you real quickly and briefly debt.
A synopsis from US -- what branch you -- -- and why you feel it's important for you to run.
During the election this year so I'll start with you -- you -- first.
Thank you is -- I served in the army in the late eighties and early ninety's.
And I believe it's important to run for office elected office in Washington.
Because we have a real dearth of leadership.
We're all looking to get things done I think our nation is ready to have people in elected office who were willing to get things done.
Being in the military is all about the mission and putting the mission first.
And putting the unit.
In the team above anything else and -- think all of us are more concerned with patriotism and people than partisanship and politics.
That answer had to have you.
I as an air force officer went to the air force academy has in the third class wouldn't win women too I graduate from the air force academy and I think -- sect called to service.
And our country is in very deep trouble was not going to be easy to get out of this.
And and those of us who have the ability to serve and help the country need to step up and do so -- -- all of us did in another capacity in another lives.
And we're looking at familiar pictures -- -- you're serving mark that your turn.
Thanks -- served in the air force of 26 years also an air force academy graduate.
As a fighter pilot the privilege to be the first woman to fly -- fighter in combat and command a fighter squadron in combat.
And oath of office of a member of congress is the same as a military officer so I just consider this a call -- duty and my next assignment to serve my country.
And you know -- a heart of service and got some serious issues in our country now and we've got a vacuum of leadership.
And so I felt very convicted and called a step up and serve in this new way.
And there is one female veteran serving in congress -- -- Adams she's from Florida Republican in Florida.
Heather you've run before what's your advice to these other women these ten women are nine other women that are running for congress this year.
I served in the congress for ten years and while I was there -- and I didn't overlap although.
It would have been it would have been nice to have somebody else.
There with the at the time.
I think -- a lot of it is it I would everyone comes with their story and our stories as women veterans is a very powerful one that people relate to me in the military.
Young leaders both men and women as one of the most respected institutions in our society and they trained leaders and now it's our opportunity.
To bring that leadership skills to a new arena and I I think that's and and that's an important message to be able to connect.
Two people on the other one is just work hard -- it's a lot of hard work and.
Not very much for all of us Martha I -- I was reading a little bit about your platform and you said you wanna reduce the role of government and jobs jobs jobs how do you plan to take action.
Well this is all about the economy right now and businesses are not hiring -- people are not spending their money.
Because of all the uncertainty that's been created so.
We have got to get the federal government -- of the ways that that small businesses can start hiring again and that entrepreneurial spirit.
I can actually rain and a tea -- is just a wonderful example.
And pioneer for all of us in how she served and I look forward to joining her and sandy on the hill to give me -- -- -- we support one another right.
Donna real quickly your motto not left not right but four were wise -- your lot of.
Well because of all the -- -- in -- I mean we see so much partisanship.
An obstruction -- and and that we -- of party flags.
In the military.
Whereabouts -- I took an oath to serve when I was seventeen and that both never expired when I entered West Point when I entered the army.
And we're about teamwork we're about that mission matters so that motto not left not right forward.
It's not about being way too rigid ideology.
Or to specific platforms it's about focusing on the issue.
It's about marshaling the resources.
It's about the discussion that discourse the collaboration.
Solving the problem moving forward and going onto the next well.
I wish you ladies all the best Donna Heather -- our hats are off all of you for serving our country you're right there's no right.
Or laughed when it comes to service we really appreciate what you've done have a great weekend.