U.S. Senate Races (Fall, 2012)

This is going to be one of the more interesting ones ---

 ---- Arizona

When he was about 5 or 6, Carmona bounced around the homes of friends and relatives after his family was evicted. He constantly had toothaches as a boy because his family couldn’t afford dental care.

His salvation was the Army. After completing his GED, he was accepted into the elite Special Forces and shipped off to Vietnam as a combat medic. In the fog of battle, he was shot or blown up twice — he’s not sure which — earning him two Purple Hearts. Another bullet grazed his head in a 1999 shootout when Carmona was working as a county sheriff’s deputy; Carmona shot the man dead.

“What people don’t understand is it’s not like TV,” Carmona told POLITICO, recalling his brushes with death in Vietnam. “If you’re in the middle of a firefight, shit is blowing up, bombs are going off. … It’s chaos.”

It's candidates like Carmona that undermine the G.O.P.'s claim to be the national defense party.  Carmona has a real chance in Arizona and has taken an opportunity to make a run to the center; it's hard to argue that the guy is a partisan Democrat when he was even appointed to public office by George W. Bush.

Incidentally, there are other Democrats with incredible tales of personal heroism as well; Hawaii Senate Democrat Daniel Inouye was even named "Badass of the Week."