Skip to comments.Veterans group seeks to counter anti-war message with ad
Posted on 08/12/2007 12:55:01 PM PDT by mdittmar
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a popular target of anti-war groups, is being saluted by a veterans group for supporting military efforts in Iraq.
Vets for Freedom, started by veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, will roll out a television ad Sunday to counter criticism of McConnell in his home state by anti-war activists, Pete Hegseth, the group's executive director, said Saturday.
The sharply worded ad running in Kentucky will thank McConnell for "not tying the hands of our commanders" and "letting us take the fight to al-Qaida." The ad says the Republican senator has been under pressure "from people who are willing to accept defeat."
"We know we will prevail, unless Congress surrenders first," it says.
The ad, slated to run in multiple markets for a limited time, is the latest salvo in a strategy by supporters and opponents of the war to try to influence McConnell by taking to the airwaves.
The veterans group is running similar commercials for several other members of Congress who have supported President Bush's military strategy in Iraq.
McConnell, the leading Senate defender of Bush's war policy, is running for re-election next year. No Democrat has formally announced a challenge of McConnell, but Attorney General Greg Stumbo has formed an exploratory committee, enabling him to begin raising money.
Andrew Horne, an Iraq war veteran and critic of Bush's war policy, characterized the ad as "more spin" in defense of Bush and his political allies.
Horne, who ran unsuccessfully for Congress last year, said McConnell is "blindly supporting George Bush. And there is a difference between that and supporting the troops."
Hegseth, who spent nearly a year in Iraq with the Fort Campbell, Ky.,-based 101st Airborne Division, said he saw strategic mistakes in Iraq. But Bush's troop surge has improved security, he said, which is needed to foster political cooperation among Iraqi factions.
Hegseth said the veterans group has spent more on advertising in other states, but hopes to expand its initial limited ad buy in Kentucky. The inclusion of Kentucky also is a recognition of McConnell's status as the top Senate Republican, he said.
Hegseth said the group's multistate ad campaign also is meant to preserve support for the military mission in Iraq by Congress, which will get a report in September on how Bush's troop surge is working.
As for McConnell, he said, "We're pretty confident that he will look at the progress happening on the ground and decide that it should be continued."
In the past, McConnell has ridiculed a proposed troop withdrawal timetable as an "arbitrary surrender date." But he also has voiced frustration with the Iraqi government and has said the United States' patience is not unlimited.
In recent months, McConnell has drawn the ire of anti-war groups, such as Americans Against Escalation in Iraq. It ran an ad last month featuring the number of American casualties. It asked McConnell: "Is this your idea of progress in Iraq?"
Earlier, the group Americans United for Change ran an ad that juxtaposed clips of McConnell offering optimistic assessments about the war with scenes of chaos in Iraq.
Justin Brasell, a McConnell campaign strategist, said the ad by Vets for Freedom "will show that there's another view."
Let see, Bush stands tall on the war, sees his approval rating go from mid 20s to 40%.
Democrats in Congress do nothing but demagouge the war for 7 months and run their approval rating from just under 50% to 14%.
Don’t think it is Senator McConnel who is feeling the pressure here. The political movement is in his direction.
This needs to happen in every congressional district where Dems were elected to office in ‘06 after jumping on the “support the troops” bandwagon, but who have voted with Nancy Pelosi and Jack Murtha in stabbing the troops in the back with their surrender-now votes. We need to smoke these Quislings out.
any links to ad??
This ad should be on the Internet. For it to propagate wildly would make a whole lot of democrat pols very nervous.
BTTT - I love the new 60 second VFF ad for Senator Warner. It’s powerful!
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