11 Aug '12, 6pm

"the first presidential election in 80 years in which no one on either ticket has served in the military."

Republican presidential candidate Gov. Mitt Romney, right, introduces his vice presidential running mate, Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012 by the USS Wisconsin in Norfolk, Va. Amanda Lucier/Virginian-Pilot WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s selection of Paul Ryan makes this the first presidential election in 80 years in which no one on either ticket has served in the military. The last time that happened was 1932, before the United States helped win World War II and became a military superpower. Despite the martial pageantry of Romney’s introducing Ryan on Saturday aboard the battleship Wisconsin, the lack of a veteran in the race underscores the growing distance between today’s all-volunteer military and the vast majority of society which lacks contact with it. In 1932, John Nance Garner joined Franklin D. Roosevelt’s campaign against then-President Herbert Hoove...

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