Four GOP presidential candidates to attend annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt

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Four Republican presidential candidates are slated to attend the annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt in Northwest Iowa.

Senator Ted Cruz, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Rick Santorum, and Governor Bobby Jindal are all participating in the annual hunt hosted by Iowa Representative Steve King as part of his re-election campaign.

“Iowans have the unique and significant opportunity to meet and examine these candidates for the Republican nomination for the presidency,” King stated. “On my pheasant hunt, our attention shifts to issues like 2nd Amendment rights, Iowa’s productive agricultural sector, and our hunt’s namesake, Col. Bud Day, and his fellow veterans.”

Col. Day, a Sioux City native, was the nation’s most decorated war hero at the time of his death in 2013. A Medal of Honor recipient, he also received some 70 military decorations, including the Air Force Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and multiple awards of the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart and the Air Medal.

As a young Marine, Col. Day served in World War II, then later the Vietnam and Korean Wars. Captured during the Vietnam War, Col. Day was a prisoner for over 5.5 years and survived unimaginable treatment at the hands of his captors.

This year’s event takes place on the opening weekend of pheasant hunting season, October 31 and November 1, 2015, at the Hole N’ the Wall Lodge near Akron, Iowa.

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