John McCain appears to be on the short end of the stick when it comes to donations from the troops to the presidential campaigns this election cycle:
According to an analysis of campaign contributions by the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics, Democrat Barack Obama has received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas at the time of their contributions than has Republican John McCain, and the fiercely anti-war Ron Paul, though he suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination months ago, has received more than four times McCain’s haul.
Despite McCain’s status as a decorated veteran and a historically Republican bent among the military, members of the armed services overall — whether stationed overseas or at home — are also favoring Obama with their campaign contributions in 2008, by a $55,000 margin. [...]
CRP notes that “because young people tend to be more liberal than their elders, the total dollar figures could lean even more in Obama’s favor.”
Army Specialist Jay Navas, who “contributed $250 while deployed in Iraq, said about Barack Obama, “He was right on Iraq long when others were jumping into the sea like lemmings, and that’s hard to do. We’re soldiers and we respect courage.”
Navas also “confirmed that soldiers are often conservative but that many are making an exception in the presidential race.”
“Most of my friends are conservative Republicans and they say, ‘I’m voting for Barack.’ McCain does not have a lock on the military vote, that’s for sure,” he said. “We’ll complete our duty — I’m deploying next year — because it’s a commitment I made to the nation, not to a president. But we all know that Iraq was a big mistake.”
Iraq was a big mistake, based on lies. John McCain is in no hurry to bring the troops home, so it’s no small wonder more members of the military are donating to Barack Obama. The time to bring the troops home is long past…