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Election 2010: Robert Hurt grabs endorsement from Danville area vets

The group of about 20 veterans says Hurt will fight cuts to defense spending. They cite his work to get military ballots counted

October 26, 2010|Tim Saunders | Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief
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DANVILLE, Va. — Local military vets are making their voices known in a tight race for Congress.

Republican Robert Hurt is getting an endorsement from a veterans group in Danville.

They gathered Tuesday morning to share their reasons for supporting the current State Senator.

In one argument, the veterans claimed Hurt is watching out for active duty service members, helping get their absentee votes counted when they cast a ballot overseas.

If elected, Hurt says he'll oppose cuts to defense spending, something he says his Democratic opponent Tom Perriello supports.

"This (event) shows the support we have all across the fifth district from our veterans," says Hurt.  "They have made tremendous sacrifices so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do."

Perriello has received his own support from Veterans, including an official endorsement from the Veterans of Foreign Wars Political Action Committee (PAC) and an A-plus rating from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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