Actors and Soldiers
By Anne E. Kornblut
In her new television ad entitled "Guard," Sen. Hillary Clinton features uniformed members of the National Guard and Reserve whom she says she helped gain health care -- part of her push to demonstrate that she has a record of results.
Except the footage isn't of members of the military. That would be against military rules, which forbid members from participating in participating in partisan political activity in uniform. Instead, it is "stock footage of actors," according to a campaign spokesman.
Sen. Barack Obama has used photographs of soldiers as well in at least one of his mailers. The question of military images is not a new one: In 2006, House Democrats came under attack for using pictures of flag-draped coffins in their advertisements -- and subsequently won. But it did draw the attention of some of Clinton's political opponents, who suggested it is further evidence that she is "scripted."
Posted at 7:15 PM ET on Dec 18, 2007
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