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Biden courts veterans amid fallout from Trump military controversies
By Julia Manchester - 09/15/20 08:09 PM EDT

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign is courting veterans and members of the military in key swing states, betting that his personal connection to the armed forces and the fallout from reports of President Trump’s disparaging remarks about fallen service members will dislodge at least a portion of the historically Republican-leaning bloc.

Biden held a roundtable with veterans in the battleground state of Florida on Tuesday and over the weekend launched ads aimed at veteran voters in Pennsylvania, another must-win state for Democrats in November.

The outreach comes as Trump faces blowback over a report in The Atlantic that he referred to slain service members as “losers” and “suckers.” Trump vehemently denies ever making the remarks. But he reignited controversy over Labor Day weekend when he said leaders at the Pentagon don’t support him because they are beholden to the defense industry. He has also attacked former Defense Secretary James Mattis, a retired Marine Corps general, and excerpts released last week from famed journalist Bob Woodward’s new book, “Rage,” allege he once referred to generals as “a bunch of p------.”

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