Democrats lost the veterans’ vote by big margins in the last two presidential elections, but Obama campaign officials said Thursday they intend to reverse that trend by arguing that Mitt Romneywould cut veterans’ benefits.

“It really seems like Romney just doesn’t care about our veterans community,” said Rob Diamond, the Obama campaign’s outreach director for veterans and military families, in a conference call with reporters. He said the presumptive Republican nominee cut veterans services as governor of Massachusetts and supports a House GOP budget that would “slash” veterans funding by $11 billion.

“If Mitt Romney wins this election, those are the kinds of values we can expect,” Mr. Diamond said.

Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said Mr. Romney “has a demonstrated record of strongly supporting our veterans.”

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