MADISON (WKOW) -- U.S. Senate candidate and former Marine Kevin Nicholson is not apologizing for his recent comments about veterans.
This week he said he questions the "cognitive thought process of Democratic military veterans."
Sen. Leah Vukmir, Nicholson's opponent in the August primary, said there are several veterans seeking an apology after the comments and called his remarks "disheartening and unfortunate."
Since the comment was made on WTMJ radio earlier this week, nine Republican veterans called on Nicholson to clarify. Nicholson said he won’t apologize and is not backing down.
He told supporters in an email "liberals can try to twist this all they want, but I stand by what I said, the Democratic party has lied to veterans.” Vukmir, a military mom, said he's trying to distract voters from his conservative background.
“He is going to have to explain that one to the good veterans that I support,” said Vukmir. “I think he's trying to deflect, like I've said before, he is trying to defend his past track record. It's true we do know more about Kevin's track record as a Democrat than as a republican and that's fair game.”
This is not the first time Nicholson has refused to give an apology. During candidates first debate, Vukmir asked him to apologize after insisting she did not respect those who served in the military.
On Capital City Sunday, Vukmir and Nicholson both agreed to another debate. Both also claim they've been following their "unity pledge" to be respectful to one another during the campaign.