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Troops Overseas Give More Money to Obama by 6 to 1

US troops deployed overseas give six times as much money to Barack Obama, compared to John McCain. The Center for Responsive Politics, which conducted the giving-analysis, also made conclusions about the military's overall contribution pattern:

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. Although 59 percent of federal contributions by military personnel has gone to Republicans this cycle, of money from the military to the presumed presidential nominees, 57 percent has gone to Obama.

Some military personnel might give to the Republicans but not McCain. The totals only include donations over $200, since smaller contributions are not reported to the FEC. Thus, the study explains that "these figures are likely to disproportionately represent the mood of officers, who have more disposable income to spend on politics than do the lower ranks. But because young people tend to be more liberal than their elders, the total dollar figures could lean even more in Obama's favor."

This month, John McCain spoke to disabled veterans in Las Vegas. To see some video of the speech, and to find out how the vets received McCain,


The audience of vets gave the presumptive Republican nominee only a halfhearted reception. After the event the local paper interviewed 14 veterans. Only one said he is a certain McCain supporter. What do you think is going on here? Will the vets come out to support McCain with votes, instead of money?


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True-Song True-Song 8 years
>"Less than 1% of deployed troops support Obama" But that would imply that 99% of deployed troops don't support Obama, and that's not the case.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
kastarte....I'd have to disagree with you. Being in the military usually does mean you tend to be republican and conservative. I know this because I was a democrat liberal and DEFINITELY in the minority. Of course change is in the even that may be changing.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
What's going on here is people want a leader with a new approach. Sen. Obama is a person that offers a different approach to the same old problems and what voters are beginning realize is if the same tried approach doesn't work why keep banging our heads against the wall. Sen. McCain needs to open his vision to new ideas and stop riding on the coat tails of his past as entitlement to be the President of the United States.
guiltypleasure31 guiltypleasure31 8 years
mccain has a dismal record when it comes to supporting the troops beyond paying lip service to the idea, he has horrific ratings from most veterans groups. plus i imagine that most troops do indeed want to come home, not sure why people are surprised to hear that those in the military would put their money behind obama.
stephley stephley 8 years
The numbers do show Obama support among military personnel interested enough in the election to donate.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Thanks Kast!
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
There's a great bakery just down the street from my job. I've gained like 15lbs since I discovered it. Great frosting to cake ratio on the cupcakes. I hate it when frosting is just kinda smeared on. GS, sorry to hear the pregnancy has been so rough on you physically. Hopefully the new meds will have you keeping food down so you and baby can be happy and healthy. :prego: Back on to topic. I too know that numbers can be interpreted and manipulated to show whatever result you desire. And as lilkimbo points out, we don't know the statistics behind the statistics to know how accurate the numbers in this article are. It doesn't surprise me however, to find that some people in the military are contributing to Obama's campaign. Being in the military doesn't automatically mean one is conservative any more than being young would mean some one is liberal. I don't believe these numbers show an overwhelming amount of support from the military demographic.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Won't you be my neighbor Jill? :)
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I would really, really, with all of my to try a Cabaker cupcake. Or any baked good for that matter. :drool:
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Man, you don't know what your food talk does to me ladies!! I still can't eat anything. I have lost 21 lbs. since becoming pregnant from all the vomiting. They finally put me on a drug they give to chemo patients.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
No way, Jose. I would eat them all myself in one night. :@)
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
well you could do what we did last week and get a dozen but split every one. we had 4 ladies, so we cut each into quaters so we had like a cupcake tasting every night for 3 or 4 days! you could split them in half with your roomie!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I will get on that...I am actually thinking about getting a dozen tonight after all of this talking about them. But even if I don't go tonight, I will definitely be going soon!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Oh I'm sure I will be at some point! And Kim, you need to go and get a chocolate hazelnut one, photograph it, eat it and report back to me!!! :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
They just opened Valentine's Day this year. :( But, hopefully you will be back in the area some day so you can go!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I wish I would have known about that place when I lived in nova!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Now I am looking at the website to see today's flavors and literally drooling. Cabaker and em, you are evil! :evil:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
See, Georgetown cupcake is amazing. I recommend it for all. Although, I would stick with their basic flavors; I actually find them better than some of the more "innovative" ones. OK, I take that back, I would stick with basic and red velvet. :drool:
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
The only good bakery here is only open on like the 3rd tuesday of the month when its a full moon and then for only an hour and a half. So I've really honed my baking skills! :)
em1282 em1282 8 years
Haha, cabaker, if you were *my* neighbor you'd always be welcome. ;) The best cupcakes in my city (IMO) are made at this, for lack of a better word, stoner-ish bakery. (Seriously, all the people who work there give off a stoner vibe and sometimes I wonder what they do to make the cupcakes taste so good...). I'm craving some now!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
When I see your avatar, a lot of the time I think about heading to Georgetown cupcake and gorging myself during my lunch, but I usually stop myself, mostly because I work through lunch, but still...
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
I know seriously, who eats just ONE cupcake??? no one! Sometimes I think my neighbors love me and hate me all at once because I love to bake but I cant eat it all myself, so I'm always giving them breads and cookies and cupcakes.
em1282 em1282 8 years
In unrelated news, cabaker is going to make me put on some extra weight today by making me want a cupcake. Or three. ;)
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
The full article has some additional interesting stats, including the tally for contributions from all military personnel. I, too, don't think it indicates that military personnel support Obama 6-1, or even 2-1. I think that the numbers are just the numbers.
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
Thats exactly what I mean, its too insignificant to be reported.
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