Decorated war vet Pete Hegseth seeking GOP endorsement to challenge Klobuchar [VIDEO]

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Though just 31, Hegseth has appeared on national cable news for the past half-decade.
Army National Guard Capt. Pete Hegseth's announcement that he is running against incumbent Amy Klobuchar for one of Minnesota U.S. Senate seats represents an "upgrade" over other GOPers already in the race, The Hill writes.

The Hill cites Hegseth's national fundraising network from his time running hawkish foreign policy group Vets for Freedom, his speaking skills, and his status as a bronze star-winning veteran as assets that could make life more difficult for Klobuchar this fall than she previously imagined.

Hegseth joins a GOP field that includes former state Rep. Dan Severson, Harold Shudlick and Bob Carney. But as The Hill notes, those three haven't "shown any life in fundraising numbers or on the campaign trail."

Hegseth, 31, recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan, where he taught counter-insurgency tactics. He's also served in Iraq, so he has a lot of military experience for someone just a year older than the senate's minimum age.

He was born in Forest Lake, attended college at Princeton, and now lives in Stillwater. Hegseth made a name for himself appearing on cable news shows in his position at executive director of Vets for Freedom to speak out on behalf of the 2007 Iraq troop surge and later against calls to withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan.

In a campaign kick-off video posted on YouTube, Hegseth criticizes Klobuchar along familiar GOP lines -- he supports lower taxes and regulations on small businesses, is concerned about the U.S.'s massive debt, and opposes government-run health care.

Hegseth has good looks, polished speaking skills, an impressive resume, and should be able to fundraise effectively. But he still faces an uphill battle in his effort to unseat Klobuchar. In a poll released in late January, Public Policy Polling characterized Klobuchar as "close to unbeatable." The poll found that she has a 61 percent approval rating among Minnesotans, with only 28 percent of voters disapproving of her. Only five sitting senators have higher approval numbers.

Here's Pete Hegseth's campaign kick-off video:


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Joekegger
Joekegger

What is this an operative piece? Normally you guys would rip someone like this a new A-hole. but instead you give a fluff piece? In your mind tell yourselves he is like Michelle Bachmann and try to redo this... He sits on the CFR, loves drones local and abroad, was fast tracked to an elite fighter division after 3 months huh? Has contributors from Goldman Sachs and worked at Bear Stearns? http://wearechange.org/mnchang...  Was divorced... is extremely unpopular among the GOP and his bizarre affiliates at Vets for freedom seemed to imply they enjoyed going house to house from Wade Zirkle comments.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/W... see the daily kos piece on this...  http://www.thesniper.us/?tag=p...

Bullreed26
Bullreed26

Well  Senator Klobuchar is very good person i like it.This information is good to related blog.It is very good comedian for  Senator Klobuchar.cable guard

victory1
victory1

I would like to know how Klobuchar has more than $4.6 million in campaign cash?? She didn't start that way.  I am ashamed  of both of our senators. If Mr. Hegseth can beat Klobuchar and we can get rid of the very unfunny comedian, we will be able to start fixing things in this state.

Concerned
Concerned

Has anyone seen this guys articles is the Princeton Tory!?

“As the publisher of the Tory, I strive to defend the pillars of Western civilization against the distractions of diversity.”

http://www.dailyprincetonian.c...What a nut!

Kirk the Conservative Jerk
Kirk the Conservative Jerk

Anyone would be better that the current Members of the U.S. Senate.  They haven't released a budget in over 1000 day even when they are REQUIRED to do so yearly.Personally I could care less what military accommodations he got.  So what, he did HIS JOB better than he was suppose to?My gripe with Pete is he sits on the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).  CFR is a Rockefeller program, and one of it's goals is instituting a global government.

And as for Amy-"61 percent approval rating among Minnesotans"Ya that's one way to remain in good approval.  Be as obscure as you can...

Mn Worker
Mn Worker

Try pointing out that Senator Klobuchar has allowed 5 million LEGAL temporary "immigrants" via the various government jobs programs during the Obama reign. 5,000,000 legal foreign workers the last 4 years. WTF?

Klobuchar is the problem not the solution

BAB
BAB

My concern is that this is just a practice run to increase statewide name recognition for a future run against Senator Franken

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