During a campaign appearance in Danbury yesterday, Arizona Senator John McCain urged Connecticut veterans to turn out and vote for Republican Senate candidate Linda McMahon, saying they can make a difference in a tight election.
McMahon says the best way to get behind the veterans is to make sure they have a job, a home and the medical attention they need. McMahon says veterans are trained in mission, focus and teamwork--characteristics that are often overlooked in today's business environment.
McCain had previously endorsed McMahon's primary rival, Chris Shays. Shays also attended the event to support McMahon. It is the first time he has appeared on behalf of his former rival since losing the August primary election.
McMahon is in a tight race with Democratic Congressman Chris Murphy.
Among the veterans in the audiance was Todd Angell. When his father was diagnosed with cancer, he made a bucket list. In 2008, Todd's father lost his battle with the diseae.
Todd earned a Silver Star for his actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the same medal that McCain had received when he was in the military. When he was asked who he wanted to pin the Silver Star on him, Todd said John McCain. That's because his father looked up to McCain. When Todd was presented with the medal in April, McCain wasn't available.
Now, Todd has fulfilled one his father's bucket list items, to meet John McCain.