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Subject:  Three cheers for Rep. Patrick Murphy Date:  4/22/2007  6:35 AM
Author:  TaoFelix Number:  1080087 of 1947642

There's exactly one Iraq war veteran in Congress, 33-year-old Rep. Patrick Murphy, a Democrat. Murphy volunteered for combat on September 12, 2001, and was an officer in the 82nd Airborne. Nineteen men were killed in his brigade.

He is on Carl Rove's top 20 list of targetted Democratic congressmen.

The junior representative from Pennsylvania was the Democratic party whip on the Iraq war budget vote that included provisions for U.S. troop withdrawals.

"President Bush and Vice President Cheney have called me and my colleagues unpatriotic for that vote," says Murphy. "With all due respect to Mr. Cheney who had -- what was it? -- better things to do during Vietnam and got four deferments, I don't think he's in a position to question my patriotism."

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