Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Military vote up for grabs

Posted By on Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 3:50 PM

It's like a game of tug of war: John McCain and Barack Obama are fighting for that military vote.

North Carolina is prime ground for the candidates to woo the military and its families, with Fort Bragg (near Fayetteville) being the nation's largest Army post and Camp Lejeune (near Jacksonville) being a big deploying Marine base. Yesterday McCain was in Fayetteville for a rally, and Michelle Obama recently sat down with the wives of servicemen at Camp Lejeune.

A Military Times survey found that McCain captured the support of 71 percent of respondents. But according to the Huffington Post, "this is not a random sample, by any stretch of the imagination. Military Times subscribers are significantly older than the active military population. Nearly half of those surveyed are retirees, and minorities are under-represented."

John McCain may have an extensive military background and ties, but Barack Obama is obviously the one appealing to active-duty soldiers — at least, those who are deployed. He's received nearly six times as much money from troops deployed overseas at the time of their contributions than has McCain.

To see each candidates' views on issues that affect veterans and military families, click here and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

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