Troops Give 6:1 to Obama

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…

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Pamela Leavey is the Editor in Chief, Owner/Publisher of The Democratic Daily as well as a freelance writer and photographer. Pamela holds a certificate in Contemporary Communications from UMass Lowell, a Journalism Certificate from UMass Amherst and a B.A. in Creative Writing and Digital Age Communications from UMass Amherst UWW.
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8 Responses to Troops Give 6:1 to Obama

  1. That’s cool ! Do they know Clinton’s back in ?

  2. Emblematic move after divisive primary for democracy,peace and unity with fair considerations ! Retally votes delegates and repeal !

  3. “It is not the critic that counts: not the man that stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena,whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood,who strives valiantly,who errs and comes up short again and again,because there is no effort without error or short coming,but who knows the great enthusiasms,the great devotions,who spends himself for a worthy case: who at best knows in the end,the triumph of high achievement,and who at worst,if he fails,at least he fails while daring greatly,so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knows neither victory or defeat.” T.R. Guess we can’t make inserts in this and re-place a few words to, men and “women” can we ? Go Clinton !

  4. We have these little tiny boxes we have to type all this in to the Clinton campaign.Does anybody have a direct line cause this a quote we want to make sure Hillary Clinton reads before that convention !

  5. Worthy “CAUSE “, OPEN CONVENTION AND ALL VOICES HEARD ! That’s democracy !

  6. Dizzy Dezzi says:

    Sadly, I am still amazed and appalled at the number of troops who can still justify a vote for McCain (merely because he’s former military or because he’s NOT Obama aka “that black guy”).  I have to resist the urge to scream  when I hear that nonsense.

  7. Theresa says:

    I think it is important to look as clearly as possible at where prejudice really exists.  It is good news for the Democratic agenda that our military are supporting Obama, but we have no evidence that they have failed to leave their Republican habits in greater numbers because of race prejudice.  On the other hand, it seems there is good reason to believe that gender prejudice is widespread.  Military leaders who knew Hillary’s work in helping the military endorsed her in large numbers.  But the amount of contributions by military personell to her campaign was pitifully small.  Every Republican in the race received far more than she did, in spite of the fact that so many military leaders agreed with her plan to get us out of Iraq asap. We need to work at arousing consciousness of automatic prejudice against a woman as commander-in-chief.

  8. Alrudder says:

    When I was in the Air Force, I was told I couldn’t even donate to a school board race.  As happy as I am with the news, politicizing the troops is not a good precedent.  I hope the Obama folks don’t play this up.  We certainly would want a Republican doing it if the shoe was on the other foot.