Michigan Republican Senate candidate and Army combat veteran John James released an ad Friday that begins with a clip of terrorists being obliterated by a missile from an Apache helicopter, which James used to pilot.
In James’ first television ad, obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation, the 37-year old Iraq War veteran and Detroit businessman explains why he is running for U.S. Senate while standing next to a U.S. Army Hellfire missile.
“Hunting terrorists in the skies above Baghdad, there are two things you need—faith in God, and a Hellfire missile, James said. I flew Apaches because I wanted to take the fight to the enemy. Now I’m volunteering for a new fight. To secure the borders, defend our Constitutional rights and protect Michigan jobs,” James continued. “I hate politics but I love this country.”
James’ name has continued to gain national attention after receiving a long list of endorsements for his efforts to defeat Michigan Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow, including National Security Adviser John Bolton, who endorsed James days before President Donald Trump appointed him to serve. (RELATED: EXCLUSIVE: John Bolton Endorses Michigan Army Veteran For US Senate)
The Bolton endorsement came the same day the American Conservative Union, hosts of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) endorsed James. The GOP candidate was also endorsed by the Senate Conservatives Fund in late January.
The former Navy SEAL involved in the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, Robert O’Neill, campaigned across the state with James in December, telling TheDCNF, “John represents the best America has to offer, his relevant experience graduating from West Point and serving in combat makes him just the person Michigan, and America, needs in the US Senate.” (RELATED: Navy SEAL Who Shot Bin Laden Hits The Gun Range With Michigan Senate Candidate [VIDEO])
As well as the long list of endorsements, James has also raised more than $2 million since announcing his candidacy in September.
James faces businessman Sandy Pensler in the Michigan GOP Primary, which will take place on Aug. 7, 2018.
The winner will take on Stabenow in the Nov. 6 election.
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