News Home
Quick Bites
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
On AirNewsClassical
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Don Drumm Studios

Meaden & Moore

The Holden Arboretum

For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )

Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us

Obama woos vets in Ohio with the help of the vice president's son
Beau Biden argues that President Obama's records shows a long, strong commitment to vets
This story is part of a special series.

Grant Engle

Veteran and active-duty military have traditionally leaned Republican.

But 2008 hinted at a generation gap among those voters. And the Democratic Party is now trying to swing those voters in the swing state of Ohio.

Beau Biden, a veteran of the Iraq War and son of Vice President Joe Biden, says the heart of the Veterans and Military Families for Obama campaign is to inform people of President Obama’s record of helping veterans.

Biden on Obama commitment to vets

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (0:17)

"This is a commander and chief who has increased spending  on behalf of veterans every year that he's been in office. He's spend more money on behalf of veterans benefits than any president has in 30 years. And his budget for the upcoming year increases veterans benefits to the tune of about 10 percent."

Still, the numbers say it will have to be a strong sell. In 2004, President George W. Bush won the veteran vote 57-41 percent over John Kerry. In 2008, John McCain beat President Obama 54-44 among veterans.

Joel Lieske is a political science professor at Cleveland State University. He says veterans traditionally identify with Republicans because of issues like military spending.

Lieske on traditional leanings
Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download

"Republicans are also more hawkish I think in regards to our stance in the Middle East and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Democratic party has been more dovish ... in the past 50 years, going back to the Vietnam war."  

The Obama  campaign is focusing on swing states with large military populations, including Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Colorado.

Add Your Comment


E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook

Stories with Recent Comments

Kasich campaign evokes dark images of a Trump presidency

Backers of legalizing marijuana in Ohio promise to be back in 2016
We should be aloud to grow more than 4 plants and not have to register with the state considering it will be a free market.

Akron says it's had no second thoughts about welcoming refugees
What business does Councilman Neal own on North Hill? I'd love to support him. I am so glad to have the refugees in our neighborhood. I have lived here for 25 ...

Scarborough says the University of Akron is trying to rebuild relationships
In order for the University of Akron to grow and become a desirable place for students across Ohio and elsewhere, it must address the crime problem in the Akron...

Ohio Sen. Cliff Hite wants to end pay-to-play sports fees at Ohio's schools
You can bet Hite and Husted will also rush to the rescue of the Academic Challenge team, the speech-and-debate squad, the Science Olympians and the chess club. ...

Ohio lawmakers consider new gun bills
States that have gun restrictions/cities have reduced gun violence is false. CHICAGO has some of the toughest gun laaws/restrictions but yet fun violence is off...

Cleveland's public transit system considers fare increase for 2016
I work with individuals with disabilities. Yes some of my folks need more help than the average person. As a whole, the group I work with however can manuver ju...

Community group sues to re-open part of Wadsworth hospital
My father was part of the founding group of citizens which started the "new" Wadsworth/Rittman Hospital. For some reason the leadership for the future of the ho...

The Cleveland Museum of Art presents painters who loved their gardens
brilliant masterpiece, Greetings from

Copyright © 2015 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University