Virginia Congressional candidate Patrick Murray

Virginia Congressional candidate Patrick Murray ()

Candidate name: Patrick Murray Party affiliation: Republican District: Virginia's 8thDistrict Map: Solid Democratic

Military experience: Army, 24 yearsOverseas experience: Iraq, 2007Service rank: Colonel (retired)

Opponent: Jim Moran Military experience: noneIncumbent: Jim Moran

Murray campaign web site Moran campaign web site

From his web site: Murray, on Afghanistan -- The United States is in the midst of a conflict with the forces of violent Islamist extremists that deplore our freedoms and are bent on the destruction of our way of life. We must ensure that our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq have the personnel and equipment they need to accomplish the missions they have been given. While Obama rightly decided to send additional troops to Afghanistan, he simultaneously signaled to our enemies that we will be leaving in a year or so. Jim Moran would have us abandon Afghanistan altogether. Our troops also need to know they have the full support of the American people for whom they are fighting, and that our elected officials have the stomach to pursue this conflict to a successful conclusion.

-- Complied by Leo Shane III

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