Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has repeatedly claimed that he can speak for the interests of U.S. troops and best represent what they want. Moreover, he has charged that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), “who does not understand what’s happening in Iraq or fails to acknowledge the success in Iraq, would rather lose a war than lose a campaign.”
But a new analysis by Open Secrets finds that the U.S. military is increasingly rejecting McCain as its spokesman.
Obama has received nearly six times as much money from soldiers deployed overseas. Even anti-war libertarian Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who has suspended his campaign, has received more than four times as much as McCain
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.
McCain leads Obama by $4,000 in Marine Corps donations, although in all the other branches — including in the Navy, in which McCain served — Obama is leading “by significant margins.”
Just another myth we can do away with? Of course.