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Veteran Interrupted Presidential Debate

Andrew Vera's outburst at the debate inspired by boos of a gay soldier in previous debate.

Whose shouting interrupted the presidential debate at Dartmouth College?

Andrew Vera of Hanover.

Vera said he spoke up Tuesday night right after Rick Santorum finished speaking about restoring "American values."

"I said, 'Yeah, right, you say you want American Values back in the American Family, then where were you, when they booed the gay soldier during the last debate,'" Vera emailed in response to Patch questions. "Let's get real. As an Iraq Veteran, I think it's pitiful."

"As they pulled me out, I screamed, 'don't taze me, don't taze me."

He said he was cited for disorderly conduct and released.

"No regrets at all," Vera says. "I served in the US Navy, in support and defense of the constitution. It's a living document."

Vera, a Dartmouth College graduate, said he respects the law and that an act of civil disobedience was owing to his pride in serving in the military.

Vera has spoken out on veterans issues in the past. In 2008, his name surfaced in a couple of news stories as he and other veterans questioned Sen. John McCain and congressional leaders on veterans care.

Abey Phil October 15, 2011 at 07:12 AM
For the gays, their arse is the roof of the world, believing they came out of the same, & denying their own Conscience.Their talks are " Pagan Chants" , for whom their god is one who sits cross legged bellowing om om om & more om's , taking delusions for truth, as basis for arguments. Dirty rascals & a hardhearted lot ,whose Liberalism's arise from the dustbins of Time.
Paul Mercury November 09, 2011 at 05:56 PM
Just stumbled upon this older post, too. Quite a few unhinged people saying pretty ignorant, hateful, (and sometimes hilarious) stuff.
Paul Mercury November 09, 2011 at 05:59 PM
Joe, you are positively OBSESSED with homosexuality. I've counted approximately 37,987,623 posts from you about gays.
Paul Mercury November 09, 2011 at 06:04 PM
The reason the entire country hates Palin is because she's overexposed, has long run out her 15 minutes, and is clearly clearly, CLEARLY a camera loving media wh*re. She's like the Kardashians. Nobody likes them, either, for the same reason. She's just trying to make a fortune. Nothing more.
Paul Mercury November 09, 2011 at 07:12 PM
Abey, I'm conflicted. Part of me pities your tormented mind. Part of me wishes you had a reality TV show.

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