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Vietnam-era military service still a factor in American, local politics

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, July 18, 2015.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, Saturday, July 18, 2015. AP Photo/Nati Harnik

This week’s political riddle: what do Roy Blunt, Emanuel Cleaver, and Donald Trump have in common?

Answer: Each Vietnam-era politician did not serve in the military during that war, either because of a draft deferment, a high lottery number, or both.

Here’s more on Trump. The businessman raised the issue by harshly criticizing Vietnam-era POW Sen. John McCain.

Here’s what we wrote in March.

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