GOP woos veterans, but Trump’s rhetoric is a turnoff for some

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By Nicholas Riccardi

It was more than a routine get-out-the-vote knock on the door when Iraq War veteran and Nevada Republican Party staffer Jon Staab asked Kenneth Olofson, a Vietnam veteran, if he’ll be voting for Donald Trump. An instant bond was formed as the two swapped stories of service and those of relatives who fought in World War II.

“I don’t miss an election,” Olofson, 74 and a lifelong Republican, said. “Whenever I vote, I think of Normandy.”

A few blocks away, Daniel Mendoza, also an Iraq war veteran canvassing for the GOP, was promptly kicked off another elderly veteran’s property at the mere mention of Trump’s name.

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