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  • Romney's Military Advisory Council has more than 300 retired general officers

    10/19/2012 10:03:47 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 10-17-12 | Josh Rogin
    The Mitt Romney campaign announced Wednesday it has stood up a Military Advisory Council made up of more than 300 retired generals and admirals who are ready to do battle for the Republican nominee. "I am deeply honored to have the support of so many of our most accomplished military leaders," Romney said in a statement. "Together we will restore our military might and ensure that America can defend and protect our interests, our allies, and our people, both at home and abroad. I will never forget that the greatest responsibility of an American president is in exercising the role...
  • For Veterans, There's No Clear Difference Between Obama And Romney Plans

    10/15/2012 2:45:10 PM PDT · by blam · 23 replies
    TBI ^ | 10-15-2012 | Walter Hickey
    For Veterans, There's No Clear Difference Between Obama And Romney Plans Walter HickeyOctober 15, 2012 In an election where most issues are cutthroat and divisive, the presidential candidates' split on veterans issues is actually surprising minimal. In short, both candidates support veterans and have plans that confer on them special privileges and benefits. While there are some distinctions, neither candidate has come out in favor of slashing benefits or cutting the G.I. Bill. Here are the plans: The Obama plan Obama right now is standing on a pretty strong record of accomplishment on veterans' issues. His first term performance has...
  • Romney Endorsed By 42 Medal Of Honor Recipients

    09/27/2012 1:02:45 PM PDT · by iowamark · 12 replies
    TRN News ^ | 9/27/2012 | Zach Schwartz
    Today Mitt Romney announced the endorsements of 42 Medal of Honor recipients including Thomas Norris who was one of three Navy SEALs to receive the Medal of Honor for their actions during the Vietnam War and Leo Thorsness, who spent six years in captivity in North Vietnam as a prisoner of war. In a statement released by the campaign, Thorsness said he believed Romney was the right man to lead the nation because he understands the needs of America’s soldiers and that healthcare will be easy to obtain under his leadership for those fighting for our country overseas. In the...
  • Romney to VFW

    07/24/2012 7:12:16 PM PDT · by Presbyterian Reporter · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | July 24, 2012 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Mitt Romney is delivering a strong speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars right now in Nevada. He was tough on the Obama administration, most emphatically on national-security leaks (a “crisis” — emphasizing it “isn’t a partisan issue”) and Israel (“The people of Israel deserve better than what they have received from the leader of the free world. And the chorus of accusations, threats, and insults at the United Nations should never again include the voice of the President of the United States”), and Iran. And the Poles George Weigel has been talking to would be happy to hear what...

    07/22/2012 6:18:27 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 28 replies
    Breitbart/BigGovernment ^ | 7-22-2012 | Ben Shapiro
    July 22, 2012 MILITARY VETERANS PICK ROMNEY OVER OBAMA, 59-35 Ben Shapiro ....... Romney’s larger lead is a sign that veterans are dissatisfied with Obama, rather than pleased particularly with Romney – Romney, after all, was not a military man while McCain famously was. The poll did not ask military vets about their feelings on the end of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” Despite Obama’s attempts to pander to veterans by offering them larger benefits and suggesting that we build a country “worthy” of our returning vets, America’s military men and women continue to prefer hawkish foreign policy and fiscal responsibility...
  • Gallup: Romney Takes Huge Lead Among Veterans over Obama

    05/28/2012 4:35:43 PM PDT · by lbryce · 27 replies
    NewsMax ^ | May 28, 2012 | Staff
    Mitt Romney is getting a big boost from US military veterans on Memorial Day. Veterans, about 13 percent of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58 percent to 34 percent, while nonveterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge, according to Gallup. "Obama and Romney are tied overall at 46 percent apiece among all registered voters in this sample," Gallup reported. "Men give Romney an eight-point edge, while women opt for Obama over Romney by seven points. "It turns out that the male skew for Romney is driven almost entirely...
  • Veterans Give Romney Big Lead Over Obama (58% to 34%)

    05/28/2012 6:57:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 113 replies
    Gallup ^ | 05/27/2012 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- U.S. veterans, about 13% of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while nonveterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge. These data, from an analysis of Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted April 11-May 24, show that 24% of all adult men are veterans, compared with 2% of adult women. Obama and Romney are tied overall at 46% apiece among all registered voters in this sample. Men give Romney an eight-point edge, while women opt for Obama over Romney by seven points. It turns out...
  • Obama, First Lady Tout Jobs Plan for Veterans

    10/19/2011 9:47:25 AM PDT · by maggief · 21 replies
    AP ^ | October 19, 2011
    Heralding a splash of good news on jobs, President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised a series of companies that have promised to hire 25,000 veterans or military spouses within two years, calling it a sign of patriotism and business savvy. He pushed his economic agenda anew to a military audience, this time with first lady Michelle Obama at his side. "We ask you to fight, to sacrifice, to risk your lives for your country," Obama told an audience of thousands of people at Joint Base Langley-Eustis. "The last thing you should have to do is fight for a job when...
  • CBS News: Rolling Thunder Crowd "Pretty Anti-Media, Very Protective" of Sarah Palin

    05/29/2011 9:15:11 AM PDT · by kristinn · 215 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News via Twitter ^ | Sunday, May 29, 2011 | Christine Delargy
    Not there but @CBSNews producer on ground tells me #RollingThunder crowd pretty anti-media, very protective of @SarahPalinUSA7 minutes ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®
  • Poll shows Skelton up 7 percent; both candidates plan rallies for veterans

    11/01/2010 12:33:32 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 30 replies
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 10/29/2010 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    PULASKI COUNTY, Mo. (Oct. 29, 2010) — A new poll commissioned by a Springfield-area television station and Missouri State University in Springfield shows U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton up by 7 percentage points over his Republican challenger, former State Rep. Vicky Hartzler. The poll attributes Skelton’s rise to concerns over the future of Fort Leonard Wood, and both candidates will hold campaign rallies in the Fort Leonard Wood area today and tomorrow. According to the poll’s director, Missouri State University Professor Brian Calfano, Skelton’s lead in a bad year for Democrats is due to “three words: Fort Leonard Wood ... Skelton's...
  • Dem Candidate to Veteran: Military Service Isn't Public Service

    10/25/2010 5:44:07 PM PDT · by khnyny · 56 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 22, 2010 | Amanda Marshall
    Twenty-four years in the military doesn't count as public service, at least according to Virginia Democratic Congressman Jim Moran. In a video that's gone viral online, Moran is heard telling a Democratic gathering earlier this month that his opponent, Republican Patrick Murray, is just another unqualified GOP candidate. "What [Republicans] do is find candidates, usually stealth candidates, that haven't been in office, haven't served or performed in any kind of public service," Moran said. "My opponent is typical, frankly." The trouble is, Murray is a retired Army colonel with 24 years of service--including combat in Iraq. The idea that such...
  • Boxer highlights endorsement by VFW PAC

    10/11/2010 4:45:47 AM PDT · by Cincinatus · 34 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 10, 2010 | Cathleen Decker
    Accenting again the campaign focus she has placed on veterans' affairs, Sen. Barbara Boxer on Sunday formally opened a veterans' center at Pasadena City College and was later brought to tears by a forceful defense of her record by Sen. Daniel Inouye of Hawaii, a highly decorated member of Congress. Inouye joined Boxer for her formal endorsement by the political action committee of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, whose California chairman also praised Boxer's work on behalf of veterans.
  • NRA backs Fimian, veterans group endorses Connolly [VA-11]

    10/06/2010 11:49:22 AM PDT · by freespirited · 19 replies
    Examiner ^ | 10/6/10 | David Sherfinski
    The political arms of the National Rifle Association and Veterans of Foreign Wars have weighed in on the hotly-contested congressional race in northern Virginia’s 11th District, splitting their support between Republican Keith Fimian and Democratic incumbent Gerald Connolly. The VFW Political Action Committee, which represents roughly 2.2 million VFW members, auxiliaries and military families, recently endorsed Connolly, while the NRA’s Political Victory Fund has thrown its support behind Fimian.
  • Liberal Veterans Group Stretches Truth in TV Spot

    02/08/2010 4:00:54 PM PST · by BobMcCartyWrites · 1 replies · 242+ views
    Bob McCarty Writes ^ | 2-08-10 | Bob McCarty
    Recently, began running a television commercial designed to tear down Rep. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) as he seeks the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Christopher "Kit" Bond (R-Mo.). Unfortunately for the folks from the liberal group purporting to represent veterans, my Kansas City friend Bungalow Bill did some research and found several holes worth noting in the 30-second spot.
  • Vets for Brown

    01/09/2010 5:59:31 AM PST · by Sparky1776 · 11 replies · 584+ views
    YouTube ^ | December 12, 2009 | Scott Brown
    The veterans are standing with State Senator Scott Brown because he has stood with them. The Scott Brown campaign needs your ACTIVE participation to help mobilize voters on January 19. You can volunteer for Scott Brown by emailing or by signing up on
  • Veterans for McDonnell Rally

    10/14/2009 5:03:22 AM PDT · by HonorBnd · 9 replies · 332+ views
    Please join Senator John McCain and Bob McDonnell, candidate for Governor, for a Veterans for McDonnell Rally on Saturday, October 17th at 10:00am at General MacArthur Memorial VFW Post 392 2408 Bowland Parkway, Virginia Beach To RSVP, please e-mail:
  • Joe the Vet Endorses McCain

    John McCain's most powerful ad -- an open letter to Barack Obama in which an Iraq War veteran criticizes his stand on the war -- didn't cost the Republican candidate a dime. In "Dear Mr. Obama," army veteran Joe Cook stands in front of the camera and scolds the Democratic presidential candidate for calling the Iraq war a mistake. The two-minute video, which was posted on YouTube, has gotten more than 11 million hits and is the most popular election video on the site.
  • Two veterans groups endorse Gilmore for Senate ("don't ask, don't tell")

    10/17/2008 8:41:41 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 16 replies · 566+ views ^ | Friday, Oct 17, 2008 - 08:51 PM | By TYLER WHITLEY
    Former Gov. Jim Gilmore picked up the endorsements of two veterans groups today. Vets for Freedom and Iraqi Veterans Group said they are backing Gilmore's U.S. Senate campaign because of his military background and experience in fighting terrorism. Appearing with veterans at a news conference at the General Assembly Building, Gilmore said he supports the U.S. military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which allows gays and lesbians to serve in the military until their behavior becomes overt. Gilmore, a Republican, is running against Democrat Mark R. Warner, also a former governor, for the seat of Sen. John W. Warner, a...
  • New York vets rally for McCain [and Iraq War Vet]

    10/12/2008 9:54:55 AM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 4 replies · 1,300+ views ^ | October 12, 2008 | Mid-Hudson News Network
    PEEKSKILL – Some 200 people, veterans and supporters, rallied at Peekskill’s Riverfront Green Park in support of the McCain-Palin ticket as well as for Republican Kieran Lalor, who is challenging Democratic incumbent Congressman John Hall in next month’s election. The groups New York Vets for McCain and Iraq Vets for Congress rallied on Saturday and heard speeches from Senator William Larkin, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, and rally organizer Ret. Gen. Patrick Garvey, Marine Corps. Reserves, among others. Lalor is former Marine who served in the Iraqi war.
  • Awesome YouTube ad by Joe Cook: Dear Mr. Obama.....

    09/11/2008 12:41:46 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 20 replies · 598+ views
    This commercial was done by a local kid. You have to watch the whole thing. When he finishes talking and walks away, you get a sense of how this could be the commercial of the campaign season. Hi, My son Joe just did a commercial for John McCain. Please pass this on. Thanks Bob Cook
  • Obama Ad Ridicules McCain over War Injuries

    09/12/2008 7:52:47 PM PDT · by Upstate NY Guy · 118 replies · 415+ views
    AOL News ^ | 9/12/2008 | Mark Impomeni
    In its zeal to get tough on Sen. John McCain, who has taken the lead in the presidential race, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign released a television ad today, titled "Still," making fun of Sen. McCain for being old fashioned. In the ad, the Obama campaign says that McCain hasn't changed much since he went to Congress in 1982, to make the case that McCain's campaign does not represent change. But the campaign crossed a line when it ridiculed McCain because he "can't send an e-mail," and unwittingly embroiled itself in another controversy that will throw the campaign off message. The...
  • Obama, McCain backers compete over veterans, gun control

    09/12/2008 10:39:20 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 404+ views
    THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN ^ | September 11, 2008 | PETER ROPER
    The White House race between Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain came back to Colorado this week as Democratic veterans credited Obama with supporting broad increases in veteran benefits while Republicans countered that McCain was the best man on gun-owner rights and Western issues. Colorado is viewed as one of the key "swing" states in the November election, which is why the television channels are full of Obama and McCain advertising. Obama's campaign pulled together a conference call of veterans backing the Illinois senator Wednesday, while the GOP got Colorado Sen. Wayne Allard and Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., to tell...
  • Joe Cook Does a commercial

    09/12/2008 8:03:16 AM PDT · by ZULU · 4 replies · 149+ views
    Joe Cook ^ | Unknows | Joe Cook
  • RUSH: Moving Ad Made by Iraq War Vet

    09/12/2008 10:52:10 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 21 replies · 203+ views ^ | September 11, 2008 | Rush Limbaugh
    Moving Ad Made by Iraq War Vet September 11, 2008BEGIN TRANSCRIPTRUSH: This is such a great thing. I found it on YouTube yesterday. There is mild controversy surrounding this ad because it is suggested by Democrats that it was paid for by John McCain and his campaign. It has not been. It was not paid for by anybody other than the man who did it. His name is Joe Cook, and Joe Cook is an injured Iraq war vet, lost his lower leg, foot. But you don't know that until the end of the piece. The piece starts with...
  • Dear Mr. Obama (absolutely, do not miss this YouTube of a hero supporting McCain)

    09/05/2008 9:15:45 AM PDT · by doug from upland · 49 replies · 329+ views
    YouTube ^ | 9-5-08
  • Commercial for McCain by soldier

    09/05/2008 12:36:09 PM PDT · by DirtyDawg · 32 replies · 175+ views
    This is a very moving commercial made by a Iraq War Vet
  • New Vets Ad Calls on Barack Obama to Recognize the Success of the Surge Strategy in Iraq - Video

    08/26/2008 10:27:41 AM PDT · by · 4 replies · 195+ views
    Blogs for John McCain ^ | August 26, 2008 | brianinmo
    Wow! Vets for Freedom is out with this fantastic ad called, "I am the Surge." It features American heroes saying, "I am the Surge," and they call on viewers to call Sen. Barack Obama and ask him to support a Senate Resolution 636 introduced to recognize the success of the Surge Strategy in Iraq. The resolution was introduced by Sen. Joe Lieberman and Sen. Lindsey Graham. Very powerful! . . . (see video)
  • Vets take Obama to task

    08/26/2008 9:15:14 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 164+ views
    Politico ^ | August 26, 2008 | Mike Allen
    DENVER — The conservative group Vets for Freedom is launching a $1.1 million ad buy during the Democratic National Convention, using video of Iraq war veterans to take Barack Obama to task for not giving the surge policy sufficient credit for improvement in battleground conditions. ADVERTISEMENT The 30-second spot, called “I Am the Surge,” features three Iraq war veterans who served in the surge of U.S. military forces into Iraq: Gabriel Herrera, David Thul and Travis Quinlan. The ad will run in Denver and Minnesota during the conventions, and for the next four weeks in the swing states of Ohio,...
  • Obama attacks McCain but fails to sway VFW crowd

    08/20/2008 7:29:41 AM PDT · by cdchik123 · 54 replies · 723+ views
    McClatchy ^ | August 20, 2008 | Margaret Talev
    Democrat Barack Obama used his appearance Tuesday at a Veterans of Foreign Wars convention to attack Republican John McCain's critique of him to the group a day earlier - but got a cooler reception than did the Vietnam veteran running against him for president. Obama denied McCain's assertions that he was for failure in Iraq, or shifting his anti-war stance out of expediency, or in any way basing his foreign policy on a strategy to win the presidency. "Let's have a serious debate, and let's debate our disagreements on the merits of policy - not personal attacks," Obama said. Obama...
  • Obama to McCain - Don't challenge my patriotism

    08/19/2008 4:52:10 PM PDT · by Baladas · 70 replies · 734+ views
    North Denver News ^ | August 19, 2008 | VOA
    Days before Denver's Democratic Convention, Barrack Obama is standing tall and striking back. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama Tuesday urged his Republican opponent, Senator John McCain, to stop questioning his character and patriotism. Obama spoke to the same veterans group in Florida that McCain addressed the day before when he accused Obama of putting his political ambitions ahead of U.S. national interests. VOA National correspondent Jim Malone has the latest on the presidential campaign from Washington. Senator Obama told the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Orlando, Florida, that Afghanistan remains the central front in the war on terrorism, and...
  • Veterans Solidly Back McCain (Gallup)

    08/19/2008 4:12:23 PM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 7 replies · 69+ views ^ | August 19, 2008 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    PRINCETON, NJ -- With both presidential candidates addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention this week (John McCain on Monday and Barack Obama on Tuesday), Gallup finds that registered voters who have served in the U.S. military solidly back McCain over Obama, 56% to 34%. This is based on aggregated data from Aug. 5-17 Gallup Poll Daily tracking, involving interviews with more than 11,000 registered voters, including 2,238 military veterans. Veterans are defined as those who are or have been members of the U.S. military. Obama leads McCain 46% to 43% among all registered voters during this time.
  • Barack Obama Defends Patriotism To Vets

    08/19/2008 11:26:25 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 47 replies · 102+ views ^ | August 19, 2008 | Johanna Neuman and Seema Mehta
    ORLANDO, FLA. -- Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama defended his patriotism today, chiding rival John McCain for impugning his integrity and challenging the Republican to acknowledge that they can disagree without maligning each other. "I have never suggested that Sen. McCain picks his positions on national security based on politics or personal ambition," Obama told an audience of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "I have not suggested it because I believe that he genuinely wants to serve America's national interest. Now it's time for him to acknowledge that I want to do the same." One day after McCain addressed the...
  • Caption Obama At VFW In Orlando,Fl this morning

    08/19/2008 9:27:44 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 28 replies · 145+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | August 19, 2008
    US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks at the VFW's Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida, August 19, 2008. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES) US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN 2008 (USA)
  • Obama: Stop Questioning My Patriotism

    08/19/2008 8:21:16 AM PDT · by Hadean · 73 replies · 182+ views
    CBS News ^ | 8-19-2008
    <p>Addressing the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention, Obama reaffirmed his early opposition to the U.S. invasion of Iraq and said the so-called "surge" strategy of sending 30,000 additional troops to Iraq last year had not produced the political reconciliation necessary to achieve lasting peace in the country. McCain supported the Iraq invasion and was an early champion of the surge.</p>
  • Obama calls on McCain to acknowledge his patriotism

    08/19/2008 8:23:37 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 116 replies · 188+ views
    Obama calls on McCain to acknowledge his patriotism Obama tries to push back McCain's shots at his character, without impugning McCain's, in a speech to veterans today. In particular, he's demanding that McCain call him a patriot -- forcing the direct question to a candidate who, at times, shies away from his own harsh attacks; and pressing a storyline Obama likes: That McCain is Mr. Negative. From the prepared remarks: But one of the things that we have to change in this country is the idea that people can't disagree without challenging each other's character and patriotism. I have never...
  • McCain Speaks to Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention - Video 8/18/08

    08/19/2008 5:35:14 AM PDT · by · 2 replies · 108+ views
    Blogs for John McCain ^ | August 18, 2008 | brianinmo
    Here is video of a major portion of John McCain's remarks to the National VFW Convention meeting in Orlando, Florida, August 18, 2008. He hammered Barack Obama for his opposition to the Surge Strategy in Iraq, saying Obama not only predicted the Surge would fail but tried to "legislate failure" by opposing funding for the troops. . . (see video)
  • McCain Tells VFW Obama Tried to Legislate Failure of Iraq Surge - Video 8/18/08

    08/18/2008 12:00:53 PM PDT · by · 10 replies · 166+ views
    Blogs for John McCain ^ | August 18, 2008 | brianinmo
    Here is video of Sen. John McCain hammering Barack Obama on his opposition to the Surge Strategy in Iraq in pursuit of his ambition to be President. McCain pointed out that Obama not only predicted failure of the Surge Strategy, he tired to "legislate failure" once the Surge was underway be voting against funding for the U.S. Troops in the field who were carrying out the Surge. McCain made the remarks during an address before the National VFW Convention meeting in Orlando, Florida today, August 18, 2008. . . . (see video)
  • McCain hits Obama over surge in front of vets' group

    08/18/2008 10:02:19 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies · 146+ views
    The Hill ^ | August 18, 2008 | Sam Youngman
    Republican presidential candidate and former prisoner of war John McCain took off the gloves at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) convention in Florida on Monday, accusing his opponent of putting personal ambition in front of national interest in opposing the troop surge in Iraq. McCain accused Democratic rival Barack Obama of "shifting positions" on the surge, adding that the Illinois senator's opposition to the surge and subsequent troop funding bills provided a "clarifying moment." "Not content to merely predict failure in Iraq, my opponent tried to legislate failure," McCain said. He added: "It was a moment when political self-interest...
  • John McCain to Deliver Remarks at the 109th Annual VFW National Convention

    08/17/2008 4:17:08 PM PDT · by flyfree · 10 replies · 108+ views
    ARLINGTON, VA -- U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced that John McCain will speak at the 109th Annual Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States National Convention in Orlando, Florida on Monday, August 18th. Monday, August 18, 2008 ORLANDO, FLORIDA WHO: John McCain WHAT: Speech WHEN: Monday, August 18, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. EDT WHERE: Orange County Convention Center 9800 International Drive Orlando, Florida 32819
  • Veterans for Gilmore

    08/12/2008 11:44:24 AM PDT · by Maelstorm · 6 replies · 94+ views ^ | 2008 |
    A Voice We Can Trust As a young man, Jim Gilmore volunteered for the United States Army during the Vietnam Era when many people were trying to avoid military service. He graduated with honors from the Army Intelligence School and Defense Language Institute and he was placed in the 650th Military Intelligence Group stationed in Germany. ... After his service in the U.S. Army, Jim Gilmore received a law degree at the University of Virginia and received assistance as a result of the G.I. Bill. As Governor of Virginia, Jim Gilmore reduced Virginia taxes. Later he was appointed Chairman of...
  • Al Franken Draws ONE Participant to Vet Affair Roundtable

    08/10/2008 3:29:44 AM PDT · by PittsburghAfterDark · 27 replies · 174+ views
    St. Cloud Times ^ | AUGUST 9, 2008 | LAWRENCE SCHUMACHER
    There’s an old saying in politics that elections are won or lost one vote at a time. On Friday, DFL-endorsed U.S. Senate candidate Al Franken demonstrated how true that saying can be, when a roundtable on veterans issues at Brigitte’s Cafe his campaign scheduled drew only one participant. Josh John, a St. Cloud resident who said he served in the Navy from 2000-04, had Franken to himself for an hour as he described difficulties he faced returning from his tour of duty and the help he received from his Veterans Services Office and the St. Cloud VA Medical Center.
  • Indiana Veterans Unite Behind John McCain

    08/06/2008 6:14:53 PM PDT · by flyfree · 5 replies · 555+ views
    johnmccain ^ | August 6, 2008
    INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- U.S. Senator John McCain's presidential campaign today announced the leadership of Indiana Veterans for McCain, a statewide grassroots organization that will work to bolster John McCain's support within Indiana's veterans' community. With 150 members representing all service branches, the group's membership spans generations, including veterans from World War II to the combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. "John McCain's distinguished service in the United States Navy is a matter of record and there is no doubting his sacrifice for America as a prisoner of war in Vietnam. His history of putting his country first, from Hanoi to...
  • Injured Vets Not a Priority for Obama

    08/05/2008 8:49:24 AM PDT · by Apollos21K · 5 replies · 100+ views
    Dakota Voice ^ | 8/4/2008 | Joshua Revak (Ret.), U.S. Army
    When I heard Barack Obama had planned a trip to visit Landstuhl Military Hospital in Germany, I knew from personal experience how much of a lift it would have given the hundreds of soldiers recovering from war wounds there. As fate would have it, I was sent to Landstuhl two years ago, after my lower legs were shattered by shrapnel from a mortar round in Iraq. After undergoing surgery, I spent nearly a month as a bedridden patient in the recovery care unit, uncertain whether or not I would ever walk again. It was around July 4th and I was...
  • Mr. O to Skip Military Town Hall

    08/05/2008 9:17:36 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 30 replies · 133+ views
    Newsbusters | August 4, 2008 | Noel Sheppard
    Both major presidential candidates have been invited to the event, which CBS has agreed to broadcast live. So far, only Mr. McCain has agreed to attend. [...] Obama campaign spokeswoman Shannon Gilson said that while the senator has a scheduling conflict on Aug. 11, he "strongly supports" veterans and military families, and he has worked hard on their behalf in the Senate. U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois is expected to attend a private fundraiser for his presidential campaign on Aug. 12 at the Halekulani Hotel, several sources said.
  • McCain to roar into motorcycle haven in South Dakota

    08/03/2008 7:00:03 PM PDT · by TornadoAlley3 · 123 replies · 272+ views ^ | 08/04/08 |
    (dpa) - Senator John McCain, 71, heads to the unlikely town of Sturgis, South Dakota, on Monday to rub elbows with the rowdy tattooed rebels of the American roads at a campground rock concert. With a population of 780,000, South Dakota on the Great Plains is hardly an election-day prize for either McCain's Republican Party or rival Democrats. But the state doubles in population during the annual August motorcycle rally in Sturgis, at the foot of the Black Hills, that draws an estimated 500,000 to 600,000 out-of-state "wild hogs" who roar cross country to celebrate their bike culture. McCain plans...
  • McCain says Obama's judgment on Iraq "failed" (Obama's still trying to find his brain)

    07/25/2008 2:40:49 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 4 replies · 140+ views
    Reuters ^ | 7/25/2008 | Jeff Mason
    DENVER, July 25 (Reuters) - Republican presidential candidate John McCain slammed Democratic rival Barack Obama on Friday for poor judgment on the Iraq war, laying out in sharp terms his argument the Illinois senator should not be commander in chief. McCain, a Vietnam War veteran, said if Obama had succeeded in his effort to prevent last year's boost in U.S. troop levels in Iraq, American forces would have had to retreat under fire, the Iraqi army would have collapsed and al Qaeda would have found a safe haven. "Had his position been adopted, we would have lost both wars" in...
  • McCain Hails U.S. Military Victory Over Obama's "Audacity of Hoplessness" on Iraq - Video 7/25/08

    07/25/2008 2:31:07 PM PDT · by · 7 replies · 94+ views
    Blogs for John McCain ^ | July 25, 2008 | brianinmo
    Here is video of Sen. John McCain telling a group of Hispanic Veterans in Denver that, "Fortunately, Sen. Obama failed; not our military." McCain was speaking of Obama's attempts to block the Surge Strategy in Iraq, a failure in judgment McCain says he cannot conceive of in a Commander-in-Chief. . . . (see video)
  • McCain at 2008 American GI Forum ( Transcript )

    07/25/2008 1:41:38 PM PDT · by kellynla · 2 replies · 144+ views ^ | July 25, 2008 | John McCain
    Thank you for that kind introduction and warm welcome. I want to begin by talking about an issue in this campaign that I know concerns you as it concerns all Americans: the war in Iraq. Thankfully, the news from Iraq today is much more encouraging than I could have reported to you last year. Eighteen months ago, America faced a crisis as profound as any in our history. Iraq was in flames, torn apart by violence that was escaping our control. Al Qaeda was succeeding in what Osama bin Laden called the central front in their war against us. The...
  • McCain's speech at the American GI Forum Denver

    07/25/2008 11:24:25 AM PDT · by Brian_Baldwin · 11 replies · 207+ views
    opinion | 07-25-2008 | brianbaldwin
    My heart was in my throat. Someone say McCain can’t give a good speech? Well, the live speech he just gave at the American GI Forum in Denver was something that really moved me, and I believe it would any true American. Especially the story of Benavidez, whom honestly I knew nothing about. I was watching on FOX News, cable. Prior to McCain describing us the story of Benavidez (and I’m sorry and ashamed, I am so ignorant of him that I do not even know if I am spelling his name correctly, and yet such an American hero should...
  • Full text of John McCain's speech in Denver on July 25

    07/25/2008 11:29:21 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 43 replies · 2,387+ views
    Prepared text of speech delivered at the 2008 American GI Forum of the United States National Convention in Denver:Thank you for that kind introduction and warm welcome. I want to begin by talking about an issue in this campaign that I know concerns you as it concerns all Americans: the war in Iraq. Thankfully, the news from Iraq today is much more encouraging than I could have reported to you last year. Eighteen months ago, America faced a crisis as profound as any in our history. Iraq was in flames, torn apart by violence that was escaping our control. Al...