Obama may be ahead in the polls, but the veterans are hoping the 2012 election will result in a new commander in chief. With the assassination of Osama bin Laden, finalizing the war in Iraq and pulling troops out of Afghanistan, Obama was hoping the veterans and their families would join his campaign, but it seems old veterans and new veterans alike are voting for Mitt Romney. This could be the encouragement Romney needs. Veterans not only have a high turn-out rate on election day, but they are also highly concentrated in swing states, so don’t doubt the Romney campaign.
Obama oversaw the assassination of Osama bin Laden, ended Iraq combat and is pulling troops out of Afghanistan, so why are veterans voting for Romney? The economy. Veterans are returning home with a higher level of unemployment than in recent years, thus many veterans become homeless or very poor due to a lack in employment opportunities. Also, Obama plans on cutting the defense budget, which in turn means lower salaries for soldiers. So, Obama not only plans on cutting the salaries of soldiers, but when they return home they have no opportunities to make money.
Another key issue is the politics behind the soldiers bravery. Veterans go through brutal training, condition, and hardships over seas, but when they return back to America, they watch CNN and notice Obama is getting all the credit for the assassination of Osama bin Laden. Veterans receive little credit and praise for their bravery, but Obama gets to sit in the white house, enjoy the protection the veterans provided, and take the praise for all their bravery in battle. Obama didn’t give much credit to the Navy Seal team six, for assassinating Osama bin Laden and in turn he will lose votes in the 2012 election.
If Obama is to win the vote of the veterans, he must make Romney stumble over foreign policy issues. He must win back his troops. A commander in chief without the support of his soldiers is not a chief at all, let alone a president.