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An Iraq war army veteran running to replace Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) said he thinks Michigan needs another combat veteran's opinion in the Senate.

"I'm a combat veteran who understands national security from a strategic to a tactical standpoint," John James told "Fox & Friends" on Sunday. "And as this world is becoming a more and more dangerous place, people want a combat veteran on the floor of the U.S. Senate who understands what it takes to keep Americans safe because he's actually done it."

The vet, who is also CEO of James Group International, describes himself as a "conservative outsider."

"I have been a conservative for all my life, and I have been a Republican for half of it," he said.

"I believe that we need to continue to fight for conservative values for a long time to come."

James added that he "absolutely" supports President Trump's agenda.

"He started by placing Gen. McMaster, Gen. Mattis, and Gen. Kelly around him to inform him," James explained. "These generals are best to advise him how to keep Americans safe, how to secure our borders and our entry points, and I believe Michigan voters have the chance now to put another combat veteran to fight for them and to fight for conservative values on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

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