Courting the veteran vote
May 25th, 2012
01:10 PM ET
11 years ago

Courting the veteran vote

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama rarely misses an opportunity to talk about the help his administration is offering to military veterans and their families. “We will care and serve our veterans the way they've served us,” Mr. Obama said at a recent campaign event out west.

His message may be grounded in policy but in this election season it’s also about the politics.


Filed under: 2012 • President Obama • Veterans • Washington D.C.
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. RealityBites

    - Young male veterans (those ages 18 to 24) who served during Gulf War era II had an unemployment rate of 29.1 percent in 2011,
    - Gulf War-era II veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, or both had an unemployment rate of 11.6 percent in August 2011.

    The numbers don’t lie, but Obama does...

    May 25, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  2. Ed1

    You could care less about the military all you want is votes it's always about you.

    May 25, 2012 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  3. you are stupid

    Yeah this coming the guy who wants to shrink our military down to pre WWII levels and make us one of the smallest in the world. And cut retirement benefits

    May 25, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  4. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    FYI: So tell me what you think about Romney who has five(5) adult sons who don't serve in the military but are so self-serving until they run around in their tailored suits campaigning for their father. There are many men and women serving who are sacrificing themselves before family, and some haven't seen their newborn babies either or their childs birthday.

    May 25, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. getoverit

    Hey Claudia, where does it say that a presidentiall candidate and his entire family are required to serve? Obama didn't, but that's just ok? I am a veteran, and would vote for Donald Duck if he was running against Obama.

    May 25, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  6. Niuhc

    This is one veteran that won't be voting for Obama.

    May 25, 2012 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. Whatever

    Of course Reuters poll of vets and their families shows 44% for Obama, 37% Romney, 18% undecided...which is actually better than their whole population average of 42% Obama, 35% Romney, and 23% undecided. Sounds like, overall, Obama's doing pretty well with them...and you gotta admit, for a Democratic candidate that's a pretty dramatic poll result for a traditionally red base.

    May 25, 2012 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    RealityBites wrote:

    ...The numbers don’t lie, but Obama does......
    The numbers do not lie, but you mislead. Conservatives in the Senate filibustered a jobs bill aimed at returning veterans, which would have given small business owners a tax break for hiring vets.

    Did you know that the biggest employer of our nation's veterans is the United States Postal Service? The same USPS that the Republicans are trying to kill.

    May 25, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  9. Stuffit

    So what is the most inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady going to do about the Pakistani doctor that got 33 years in prison for help up nail bin Laden. Oh, I know he can help some film company glorify himself so he can get reeleced and steal more of our money to give to the dope addicts, welfare frauds and corrupt unoni bosses.

    May 25, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  10. NateOLYWA

    Under the presidents leadership, Gen Shinseki overhauled the entire VA. It is once again a functional orginization.
    This is one veteran that WILL be voting for Obama.

    May 25, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Bill


    So it's the president's fault that these groups of veterans are unemployed? I think not. You probably also blame the president for high gas prices (now at a two year low). If you believe Obama is not for veterans benefits and rights, then I suggest you vote for Romney. I happen to know many veterans and my wife works with them too. Funny thing, they all have positive things to say about this president and are terrified at the prospect of a President Romney.

    May 25, 2012 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  12. Niuhc

    @Bill, funny, I am a veteran and work with many veterans and all I hear all day is complaints about Obama, and praying for a President Romney, or even a President Ron Paul.

    May 25, 2012 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Stuffit asked:

    So what is the most inept, incompetent, corrupt, union toady going to do about the Pakistani doctor that got 33 years in prison for help up nail bin Laden
    Nothing. It speaks volumes that you think that you can tell a sovereign nation how to run its' internal affairs, and even expect them to heed your demands.. I suppose that you would advocate the use of military force, and break the doctor out of jail.

    May 25, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |