My first priority is to fully support our brave troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, and throughout the world. I personally know some of the young men and women now in harm's way, and they are our best and brightest. We are very grateful for their sacrifice to protect our freedoms, and we should all pray for their safe return home.
When I am in Congress, I will be a strong supporter of national defense and the fight to end terrorism. I will also be an independent voice on defense matters, asking the people in charge tough questions and demanding honest answers concerning our national defense and homeland security policies. That is the very least we can do to properly represent and look out for our sons, daughters, wives, husbands, brothers and sisters who are serving in the United States military.