Two stories appeared May 14 that look at how military veterans, particularly those of the two most recent wars, might vote in the upcoming presidential election.
A Reuters piece, “Weary warriors favor Obama,” suggests that vets are reluctant to check the box for a hawk after a decade of war.
“Only 32 percent [of veterans who served in the last decade]think the war in Iraq ended successfully, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll. And far more of them would pull out of Afghanistan than continue military operations there. … If the election were held today, Obama would win the veteran vote by as much as seven points over Romney, higher than his margin in the general population.”
The Washington Post’s story said President Obama is actively courting military veterans as a voting bloc.
“… the makeup of the nation’s armed forces is changing, and Obama hopes to win over veterans by appealing to the same subgroups that propelled him to victory in 2008: women, minorities and young people.”
Another bit of news came out May 14 that might affect how veterans vote: Ron Paul announced he was scaling back his campaign for the Republican nomination and will not spend money in upcoming primary contests. It’s worth noting because the Texas congressman was garnering the most donations from current and former members of the military, with Obama in second and Romney a distant third.