Polling: veterans favor Obama over Romney

Not sure if this will hold up, but it sure is interesting (emphasis added).

Romney, along with his primary rivals Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, had also accused Obama of “appeasement” toward U.S. enemies – a charge that drew a sharp Obama rebuttal. “Ask Osama bin Laden and the 22 out of 30 top al-Qaeda leaders who’ve been taken off the field whether I engage in appeasement,” the president shot back. He has reproached GOP candidates: “Now is not the time for bluster.”

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.

Obviously veterans have long been a solid source of votes for Republican candidates for the presidency, but given the national defense successes President Obama’s administration has had – especially when it comes to the war on terror – Republicans to a great extent seem to have ceded the issue of national defense to the Democratic incumbent, marking a stark change from election years past.

During his first term in office President Obama has demonstrated he’s not unwilling to make risky decisions (authorizing the Navy Seals operation to capture or kill Osama bin Laden, withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, etc.), and hopefully President Obama’s willingness to make tough decisions – as well as the successes resulting from those decisions – will result in more veterans supporting President Obama’s reelection.


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