Which presidential candidates have earned the defense industry’s support?

  • President Obama is leading the pack in donations from the defense industry.

  • Paul’s already received more donations from members of the military and DOD than Obama has: nearly $96,000 to Obama’s almost $76,000, as of third quarter 2011.

Megan Carpentier, Raw Story

Submitted by David Culver

Though Americans far and away identify economic problems as the biggest issue facing the nation, according to Gallup, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) has been gaining support by talking about the need to restrict the military industrial complex and end what he terms “war profiteering” — most recently in his victory speech after the New Hampshire primary.

By contrast, former governor Mitt Romney (R-MA), currently leading the pack of GOP candidates, called for a strong America and a strong relationship with Israel — rhetoric that has most often accompanied robust military spending. Meanwhile, back in Washington, President Obama thought last year that the prospect of automatic defense spending cuts would be enough to pressure the supercommittee into a deal on the debt: it wasn’t, and now he may be stuck with them.

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