Obama campaign focuses on military families
May 17th, 2012
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Obama campaign focuses on military families

(CNN) – President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign will focus on military families on Thursday, with outreach events in several key swing states.

The events launch the Veterans and Military Families for Obama campaign, and will emphasize the president’s record as commander in chief. The events will also tout his efforts on behalf of veterans and their families, according to a press conference call by the campaign.

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The campaign will use the events - which include phone banks, press conferences and house parties - to take aim at likely GOP nominee Mitt Romney's budget, which it claims would lead to billions of dollars in cuts to programs benefiting veterans.

Obama's outreach director responsible for veterans and military families said he sees changes among military voters which would favor the president and Democrats in the future.

"We're going to break down that mythology about the military voting history and the veteran voting history," Rob Diamond told reporters on a conference call Thursday afternoon. "There's a changing demographic out there and a changing military and this new voting pattern netted the president nearly 4 million votes [in 2008]."

The outreach effort’s centerpiece event will take place in Norfolk, Virginia, with additional events scheduled in 16 states, including Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, North Carolina, New Mexico, New Hampshire and Colorado.

As part of an organized attack from the Republican National Committee to counter Obama's steps, Republican Rep. Randy Forbes of Virginia said the Virginia location was "ironic" given the president "just hasn't been putting a priority on the national defense or on our veterans."

"It's so ironic that they would even have an event in Virginia where they came in and put a bull's-eye on Virginia ever since they've been in office," Forbes, who serves on the House Armed Services Committee, said Thursday on a conference call with reporters.

– CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report.


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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Jaimine

    As another International Agenda on the way.

    May 17, 2012 05:08 am at 5:08 am |
  2. TimHawks25

    What does Barack Obama know about helping military families? His pay increase of 1.6% this year was the lowest since 1973. Furthermore had it not been for the Senate and House in 2010, he would have given us the lowest pay raise since 1973 then. I understand that times are tough, but no one is being asked to do what the military is being asked to do. Just like everyone else, many of us are facing foreclosures and economic troubles. While today's economic woes may not affect our job security and income, many of our spouses simply cannot find work. My wife has been looking for a job for over a year and finally got one last December only to loose it about a month later when her department shut down. Do everyone a favor Mr. President and improve the economy so that there are jobs.

    May 17, 2012 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  3. TimHawks25

    I love insane clown posse.

    May 17, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  4. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Our Commander in Chief and the First Lady always make military families the first priority unlike the unhinged GOBP who want to see them live on the streets with the rest of America.

    May 17, 2012 06:07 am at 6:07 am |
  5. Common Sense

    Too late to little! no dream act just talk talk talk.

    May 17, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  6. Marie MD

    The First Lady and Dr. Biden have been focusing on military families for months. For you haters, this is a no brainer and we ALL should stand behind our government for the military families and our soldiers.

    May 17, 2012 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Dem military cuts: Reduce programs for weapons the Pentagon doesn't want and take care of the troops instead.
    GOPB military cuts: Keep doling out corporate welfare for their donors' useless and overpriced weapons systems and screw the troops.

    May 17, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  8. Free Man in the Republic of texas

    P A N D E R !!!

    FORWARD to total depravity !!!
    Worked well for Rome...

    May 17, 2012 07:27 am at 7:27 am |
  9. Dar

    President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign will focus on military families

    Well, Obama has to lead the sheep to focus on something, he sure as heck can't focus on his last 31/2 years can he.

    Any body else 2012

    May 17, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  10. Tyler1982

    Why doesn't he just bring all the troops home? He's ended no war. As long as the Corporatist Party is in control there will always be wars, and wall street corruption.

    May 17, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  11. the dogs of war

    The same military families whose retirement he wants to slash and whose funding he wants to cut? As a defense contractor I work closely with Marines and Sailors and as a vast majority there is no love lost between them and this messiah.

    May 17, 2012 07:49 am at 7:49 am |
  12. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Obama campaign focuses on military families◄
    And you think the corporations with their "trillions" will do the same and end jobless miseries
    Remember the old saying that Americans were so proud of – "Don't Forget – Hire a Vet!!"
    Wow, why are those who keep us safe ignored??? – Why do we so easily FORGET!!!???

    Come on BIG CORPORATIONS that file as if they are a "small business" to evade taxes – "DON'T FORGET – HIRE A VET!!!!"

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    May 17, 2012 07:53 am at 7:53 am |