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Allen West Open to VP Nod

Rep. Allen West threw his hat into the ring for the Vice-Presidential post in the 2012 election saying “he would be honored to serve” if asked to be on the ticket by the nominee. At a Jupiter, Florida town hall meeting on Friday, in an appearance on a TV internet show hosted by Boca Raton public relations agent Barry Epstein, West departed from his usual answer to the VP question with this:

“I’ve always said that that’s something I’d have to pray about, I’d have to talk to my family about, make sure we make the right decision,” West began. “But if someone asks you to step up and serve your country, I’m not going to turn my back on my country.”

West added:

“I’m not going to say no, but I doubt that I’m on anyone’s list for consideration.”

West has continually been one person mentioned by many people as a good choice for the 2nd in command position but reiterated that he has not been approached by any contender for the presidential nomination.

The audience applaused when West said:

“If people come to me and ask me to continue to serve my country in a higher capacity, I’m not going to say no. It would be an incredible privilege and honor. I doubt that I’m on anybody’s list. Thank you for asking and if it came to fruition, yeah, I’d step up to the plate.”

West retired from the U S Army after an interrogation of a Taliban prisoner in which he fired a pistol near the head of the prisoner in order to obtain information about an ambush facing soldiers under his command. As a result of that interrogation the ambush was thwarted with the probability that Lives of American soldiers were saved.
Bob Russell
Claremore, Oklahoma


Source: West Palm Beach Post

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Graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in May, 1968. Enlisted in the U S Army on December 11, 1968, serving 3 years in the 7th Special Forces Group as a Heavy Weapons Expert, attaining the rank of Sgt. E 5. upon separation went to work at Southwestern Bell Telephone on January 17, 1972 and retired on August 31, 2003. Also spent 1 year on active reserve as a member of the 14th Special Forces Group. attaining the rank of Staff Sgt. E6. started and operated a business installing wiring for telephone, data, and video surveillance systems from October 2003 until December 2011. Suffered a debilitating stroke on August 19, 2014. Now recovering and doing volunteer work at the Claremore, Oklahoma Veterans Center. Attends church in Claremore at CedarPoint and LifeChanger churches. Married to wife Marsha since August 2, 1989 with 4 daughters and a deceased son, 12 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.