It seems that military and defense department people who contribute to presidential campaigns greatly prefer Ron Paul over President Obama or Mitt Romney. At least that's the finding from a search of contribution data compiled by opensecrets.org. Since the start of 2011, in fact, Paul has received almost twice as much money from military donors as has the President, and Obama has gotten four times as much as Romney.
How come? Well, Paul is the only one of the three who actually served in uniform -- in the Air Force as a doctor. But I think a stronger reason is that Paul is a consistent critic of U.S. intervention abroad, and that view is strong among military people.They'll follow the orders if given, of course, but they are reluctant to get involved when national survival is not at stake.