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Longshot Democratic Presidential Candidate Walking Across New Hampshire

October 17, 2019

Former congressman and current presidential candidate Joe Sestak is walking across New Hampshire from west to east as he stumps for the Democratic Party’s nomination.

Sestak, 67, a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral, served two terms in the U.S. House of Representatives from 2007 to 2011, for a district in Pennsylvania about an hour north of Philadelphia.

Sestak served as a military adviser for President Bill Clinton during the 1990s and commanded a carrier fleet during the second Iraq war in 2002.

During a campaign stop (on foot) in Dublin, New Hampshire on Tuesday, October 15, Sestak touted his military and national security experience.

“You know, being in the military, you have to give a nod to that and say thank you, but my thing is, have you learned and had the understanding of the military? Are you able to say, ‘Look, I understand how it’s gonna end before I decide to go in to begin with,’ which Democrats and Republicans didn’t before Iraq,” Sestak said, according to the Keene Sentinel.

Sestak did not qualify for the Democratic Party presidential debate Tuesday, October 15 because he was unable to meet the minimum standards for poll numbers and donations.