Members of Military Donate More to Paul than Obama

Compiled From a Provided Press Release; Edited by HNN
Members of Military Donate More to Paul than Obama

Presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul has his own fervent army of followers. He advocates bringing the troops home from overseas, and, guess what, Paul has received the most donations from members of the military.

Here's the breakdown:

Cain - $6223

Romney - $5000

Bachmann - $2550

Newt - $1025

Pawlenty - $250

Santorum - $250

Johnson - $0

Total GOP (excluding Ron Paul) - $15,298.00

Rep Ron Paul - $36,739.79

President Obama - $28,833.99

The fund raising speculation doesn’t require a stretch: Paul served in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army National Guard during the Vietnam War.(This tabulation was made before Rick Perry entered the race.)

Former President Ronald Reagan praised Paul for putting the troops first: “"Ron Paul is one of the outstanding leaders fighting for a stronger national defense. As a former Air Force officer, he knows well the needs of our armed forces, and he always puts them first. We need to keep him fighting for our country."

Paul himself has stated that he believes the support reflects frustration with U.S. foreign policy. Having received the most military donations in the 2008 election cycle, Paul’s spokesperson, Jesse Benton, then stated:

"I think that our fighting men and women want to protect America, defend our Constitution and defend our borders. I think they’re sick and tired of being sent overseas on these police actions and getting caught in the middle of these civil wars, and want someone like Ron Paul speaking sense. They signed up to defend our country, not police the world, and I think they’re hungry for leaders who do that.”

Simultaneously, Ron Paul has climbed to third place in the presidential preference Gallup poll released Aug. 23.

  • Rick Perry, Texas Governor: 29%
  • Mitt Romney, former Massachusetts Governor: 17%
  • Ron Paul, Texas Congressman: 13%
  • Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Congresswoman: 10%

An earlier Rasmussen poll had Paul running only two percentage points behind President Obama. The President scored 47% to Dr. Paul’s 45%. According to that poll, even if Sarah Palin announces herself as a candidate, she’s only winning 33% when paired against the incumbent Democratic President.