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ABC: Obama Courts Veterans’ Votes with Outreach Campaign
President Obama is making a targeted effort to court the votes of military veterans and their families, believing the constituency is in play for Novemberand could make a difference in key battleground states.
The Obama campaign today kicked off a grassroots organizing effort — dubbed “Veterans and Military Families for Obama” — led by retired Naval officer and Iraq war veteran Rob Diamond.
“It’s no secret to anyone where our military bases are in this country and where our veterans and military communities are located,” Diamond said of the strategy on a conference call with reporters. “And the goal of our program is to mobilize and energize and activate those folks where they live.
“Obviously, a state like Virginia is a critically important state with a large military presence, and that’s where our veterans and military families live, states like North Carolina and a state like Florida,” he said.
The president’s backers say “tens of thousands” of veterans have already enlisted with the Obama campaign group.
“They’re stepping up because they know voters will face a clear choice in November,” said Delaware Attorney General, Army veteran and son of the vice president Beau Biden. “Veterans know the vision and leadership we need in a commander in chief and they know the stakes and the consequences of sitting on the sidelines and would wake up on the morning after election day would be too late.”