John Glenn is a republican

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    Just like his fellow Ohian Neil Armstrong probably was.

    But Glenn was a hero in the JFK WH.

    Because JFK was more republican than democrat.
     
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    He thought the Beatles sucked and wanted to have sex with Yoko.
     
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    John Glenn is a Democrat.
     
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    John Glenn was Democrat.

    Life in politics
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    NASA psychologists determined during Glenn's training that he was the astronaut best suited for public life. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy suggested to Glenn and his wife in December 1962 that he should run against incumbent United States Senator Stephen M. Young of Ohio in the 1964 Democratic primary election. In 1964 Glenn announced that he was resigning from the space program to run against Young, but withdrew when he hit his head on a bathtub. Glenn sustained a concussion and injured his inner ear, and recovery left him unable to campaign. Glenn remained close to the Kennedy family and was with Robert Kennedy when he was assassinated in 1968.

    In 1970, Glenn was narrowly defeated in the Democratic primary for nomination for the Senate by fellow Democrat Howard Metzenbaum, by a 51% to 49% margin. Metzenbaum lost the general election race to Robert Taft, Jr. In 1974, Glenn resisted Ohio governor John J. Gilligan and the Ohio Democratic party's demand that he run for Lieutenant Governor. Instead, he challenged Metzenbaum again, whom Gilligan had appointed[18] to the Senate to replace William B. Saxbe, who had resigned to become attorney general.

    In the primary race, Metzenbaum contrasted his strong business background with Glenn's military and astronaut credentials, saying his opponent had "never worked for a living". Glenn's reply came to be known as the "Gold Star Mothers" speech. He told Metzenbaum to go to a veterans' hospital and "look those men with mangled bodies in the eyes and tell them they didn't hold a job. You go with me to any Gold Star mother and you look her in the eye and tell her that her son did not hold a job." Many felt the "Gold Star Mothers" speech won the primary for Glenn.[citation needed] Glenn won the primary by 54 to 46%. After defeating Metzenbaum, Glenn defeated Ralph Perk, the Republican mayor of Cleveland, in the general election, beginning a Senate career that would continue until 1999. In 1980, Glenn won re-election to the seat, defeating Republican challenger Jim Betts, by over 40 percent. wiki
     
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    Former astronaut John Glenn visited Cape Girardeau with Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Robert F. Kennedy on a campaign stop at the Town Plaza Shopping Center on April 25, 1968. The crowd was estimated at more than 5,000. (Associated Press Wirephoto by Fred Waters)

    The Southeast Missourian covered the event for the April 26 edition. Here are excerpts about Glenn from one story:

    Sen. Kennedy was introduced by former astronaut Col. John Glenn and Sen. Albert M. Spradling Jr., at right in photo. Edward L. Downs, Cape County Democratic chairman, introduced Mr. Glenn and Mrs. Kennedy.

    Col. Glenn said 1968 is an important year for this country and he feels Sen. Kennedy is the man to meet the challenges.

    He said the senator has faced squarely to the country's problems. "I think he is the best man."

    From another story:

    Col. Glenn, the first American to orbit in space, said he had joined the Kennedy campaign shortly after the senator announced his candidacy and had earlier made a tour in his behalf in Alabama.

    The former astronaut was asked if his activities mean a return to politics for him.

    "I have no plans for the moment," he replied. Col. Glenn added that his primary interest at this time is in helping the senator win the nomination.

    "That's the main effort right now," he said.

    seMissourian.com: Blog: Astronaut John Glenn with RFK in Cape
     
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    That's a very hip and relevant story, broski. :thup:
     
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    Series/Report no.: John Glenn Audiovisual Collection. Senate
    Description: John Glenn and Robert F. Kennedy greet a crowd of supporters at an unidentified event during Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1968.
    Credit: John Glenn Archives, The Ohio State University.
     
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    Series/Report no.: John Glenn Audiovisual Collection. Senate
    Description: John Glenn and Robert F. Kennedy stand in front of microphones at an unidentified event during Kennedy's presidential campaign in 1968.
    Credit: John Glenn Archives, The Ohio State University.
     
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    My bad on that one.

    Thought Glenn was a Republican.

    Still consider him a hero.
     
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    Series/Report no.: John Glenn Audiovisual Collection. Senate
    Description: John Glenn at the Democratic National Convention, December 6, 1974.
    Credit: John Glenn Archives, The Ohio State University.
     

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