Thursday, September 20, 2007

"Military General To Begin Stumping For Obama In SC"

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The Obama campaign reports:

Gen. Merrill “Tony” McPeak, former Air Force Chief of Staff, will hold events across South Carolina Friday and Saturday to talk about U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s plans for keeping America safe and restoring its reputation on the world stage.

McPeak, who is also a national Obama campaign co-chair, has been invited to The Citadel as a guest of the campus Young Democrats Club to discuss national security on Friday, and he’ll headline events in Columbia and Greenville on Saturday.

Before retiring as Air Force Chief of Staff in 1994, McPeak oversaw planning for Operation Desert Storm. He served in the Air Force’s acrobatic flying team The Thunderbirds, and flew 269 combat missions in Vietnam from 1968-1970.

McPeak campaigned for Bob Dole in 1996, and endorsed George W. Bush for president in 2000. He began voicing strong objections to Bush foreign policy in the run-up to the Iraq war and became a signatory for the Committee of Diplomats & Commanders for Change, which opposed Bush’s re-election because they believed he had failed to preserve America’s national security. He has a master’s degree in international relations from George Washington University.


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