Mitt Romney holds the advantage over Obama in key battleground states with voters who are veterans. In Virginia Thursday, Romney denounced planned cuts in military spending. Obama stressed duty to care for service members returned from war.
Mr. Romney, the GOP’s presidential nominee, gave a speech to some 200 people at an American Legion post in Springfield, Va., a city that sits at the heart of the commonwealth’s booming suburban corridor with deep connections to the military and defense contractors.
At the same time, Mr. Obama addressed some 7,000 in Virginia Beach, Va., home to the congressional district with the highest percentage of veterans and studded with military installations from edge to edge.
Recent polls indicate that Romney has a double-digit lead among veteran voters in the key swing states of Ohio, Florida, and Colorado – and a similar 12-point advantage in Virginia, 52 percent to 40 percent, in one recent poll. More than 1 in 10 Virginia voters (12.8 percent) are veterans, according to the 2010 Census figures and the US Department of Veterans Affairs.
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