Well one reason that seems to be coming up over and over again is they want to get out of Iraq. And let’s not forget that even though Ron Paul was consistently placing 5th on the primaries and caucuses, he had the most donations from the military out of any GOP candidate. And at that time, Obama had the most out of the Dems.
Though the military is not supposed to engage in partisan political activity, these soldiers spoke out about their personal endorsements, and their opinions are likely to matter. In 2004, 73 percent of the U.S. military voted for a presidential candidate, and officials believe it may be even higher this time around.
PFC Jeremy Slate said he supported Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., because of his stated intention to pull out of Iraq right away.
“That would be nice,” Slate said, “I’d like to be home, yea.”
SFC Patricia Keller also expressed support for Obama, citing his representation for change.
But what about the experience issue?
Well, at least one soldier thinks it about judgment:
When asked if he was concerned about criticism that Obama had less political experience than some of the other candidates, the battle-weary soldier replied, “No, I think being a decent leader doesn’t have to do anything with experience much.”
Could the military vote make a difference in a close election?