Democrats Waging "Military" Campaigns
JEFFERSON CITY - Some longtime Democratic incumbents are waging pro-military campaigns to defend their seats in Congress. Rep. Ike Skelton could be considered the general of the pro-military campaign tactic. The House Armed Services Committee chairman features testimonials from the parents of deployed troops in his TV ads. And his campaign fliers declare him "A Soldier's Congressman."
It might seem an odd tactic at a time when most candidates are focused on issues such as the weak economy. But for embattled Democrats in what could be conservative districts, the military theme is a way to keep the political battle on their home turf--and away from the broader approval or disapproval of President Barack Obama and the Democratic-led Congress.