The Sunshine Patriots

The GOP's champions of this war had a hard time finding their own way to the battlefield

Quote "Freedom requires hard work and sacrifice."


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Michael Bloomberg
Mayor, New York City
Age 62
Born Medford, Massachusetts, February 14, 1942

Military service None

ReasonStudent deferment (Johns Hopkins 1964; Harvard Business School 1966); 1-Y (flat feet) 1966.

Quote "I had a great agreement with the draft board—they never called me and I never called them." (Bloomberg on Bloomberg)


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Jeb Bush
Governor of Florida
Age 51
Born Midland, Texas, February 11, 1953

Military service None

ReasonStudent (University of Texas 1974).

Quote "We are always mindful of the many sacrifices that our brave servicemen and women make in the line of duty. But mindfulness turns to reverence during wartime, as our soldiers fight to protect our freedoms and demonstrate their willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice."

And those who served:


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John McCain
Senator, Arizona
Age 68
Born Panama Canal Zone, August 29, 1936

Military service U.S. Navy 1958–1981 (P.O.W. in Hanoi 1967–1973)

Quote "Victory can be our only exit strategy."




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Zell Miller
Senator, Georgia (Democrat)
Age 72
Born Young Harris, Georgia, February 24, 1932

Military service Marine Corps 1953–56

Quote "Everything You Need to Know I Learned in the Marines" [autobiography subtitle]


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Heather Wilson
Representative, New Mexico
Age 43
Born Keene, New Hampshire, December 30, 1960

Military service U.S. Air Force Academy and air force 1978–89

Quote "We did the right thing going into Iraq. We can't just play defense and put up barriers to protect ourselves."


Sources includeWashington Monthly, Slate, Roll Call, Congressional Record, New Hampshire Gazette


Photo creditsGeorge W. Bush: White House photo by Erick Draper; Cheney: White House photo by Karen Ballard; Frist: courtesy of Senator Frist's office; Hastert: courtesy of Congressman Hastert's office; Rove: AP/Wide World; Ashcroft: courtesy of the Department of Justice; Wolfowitz: courtesy of the Department of Defense; Lott: courtesy of Senator Lott's office; DeLay: AP/Wide World; Giuliani: Gregoria Binuya/Retna; Schwarzenegger: courtesy of Governor Schwarzenegger's office; Santorum: courtesy of Senator Santorum's office; Brownback: courtesy of Senator Brownback's office; Chambliss: courtesy of Senator Chambliss's office; McConnell: courtesy of Senator McConnell's office; Abrams: Israel Hadari/newscom; Pataki: courtesy of Governor Pataki's office; Bloomberg: courtesy of Mayor Bloomberg's office; Jeb Bush: courtesy of Governor Bush's office; McCain: courtesy of Senator McCain's office; Miller: courtesy of Senator Miller's office; Wilson: courtesy of Congresswoman Wilson's office.

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