POTUS, SEAL & rock star agree: Army vet John James is ‘Future Star’ of GOP

Phil Briggs
August 08, 2018 - 1:12 pm

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Iraq War veteran John James is being hailed as a GOP “future STAR” by President Trump, after winning a Michigan Republican primary for the Senate on Tuesday.

Calling his victory “big and bold” the President’s strong encouragement of James appeared late Tuesday night, amidst several tweets from Trump supporting GOP candidates in primary elections across the country.

Fox News reported that during the campaign, James, a Michigan businessman and political newcomer exchanged jabs with his opponent Sandy Pensler over business records, conservative credentials and support of the president.

At one point, James seemed to be fighting an uphill battle as his competitor had loaned his own campaign $5 million, giving him a huge financial advantage over James. But James raised $3.9 million by the end of June, with an additional $1.3 million in cash by August. 

But James, a Ranger-qualified Apache pilot whose medals include a Combat Action Badge, raised more than just cash. He got a boost from endorsements from fellow veterans like Rob O’Neill, the retired Navy SEAL who killed Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.  And he received a rocking recommendation from fellow Michigander and rock star, Kid Rock, who along with O’Neill, appeared at a rally for James earlier this summer.


James will compete against incumbent Democratic Sen. Debbie Stabenow in November.

After his victory, James said in a statement, "Washington has enough career politicians … Debbie Stabenow better get ready for the fight of her political life."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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