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Updated 12:01 p.m.
By Matthew Mosk
The group VoteVets is launching a toughly worded, $1.3 million ad campaign today, largely targeting veterans in Virginia.

The television spots that will appear in several Virginia television markets feature an Iraq war veteran, standing in front of his pickup truck, expressing disdain for what he says was Sen. John McCain's decision to attend a campaign fundraiser instead of casting a vote for the GI Bill.

In addition to the television ad campaign in Virginia, the group is launching $40,000 in radio ads in New Mexico focused on McCain and votes on veterans funding. And it is spending $200,000 in North Carolina for a television ad that attacks Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.) for failing to provide troops better body armor.

Republicans condemned the ad. "This is the sort of misleading special-interest attack that Barack Obama once decried but now gladly benefits from," said Alex Conant, RNC Spokesman. "John McCain has a storied record of fighting for his fellow veterans, while Barack Obama has voted against funding for our troops."

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It is good that everyone is beginning to see the GOP for what they are as this video illustrates. What is even more frightening however is the new strategy of McCain/Palin to incite their followers to a violent attack on the person of their opponent with shouts of 'kill him, kill him' and neither McCain nor Palin calling a halt to such behaviour, instead reports of Palin responding with laughter and cheering!

We have an economic crisis on our hands, we should be working for peace and praying for prosperity for America.

Posted by: dopera2004 | October 8, 2008 5:17 PM | Report abuse

OUCH. Everything he said was true. Republicans should be ashamed of themselves. And now they want to paint Veterans as a special interest. Incredible.

Posted by: Charlene-K | October 8, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The willingness to go to war for no reason, for false reasons, is the greatest insult to the military. McCain should have learned the lesson from Vietnam. It's easy to get in and really hard to get out so think long and hard before you send young Americans to fight. McCain failed to do that.

01/20/09. End of an Error!

Posted by: thebobbob | October 8, 2008 1:44 PM | Report abuse

I thought at the time that McCain was showing a lack of proper priorities. I am glad they are bringing this up. McCain's position of country first is a fine slogan it is apparently difficult for McCain has great difficulty in living up to his ideals.

Both men are politicians, Obama is just a better one, even if he is from Chicago and has never been part of the Chicago machine.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 8, 2008 1:24 PM | Report abuse

Also just in from Tennesse - which you will NEVER see reported in WaPo or MSM

Today, the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, D-Memphis, an Obama campaign leader in TN, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury, for hacking Gov. Palin's e-mail account last month, and publicising the contents.
Another criminal, low-class Obama campaigner.....
Posted by: pgr88 | October 8, 2008 11:06 AM |

I am glad you did. I think we owe a debt of gratitude to that young man for exposing the deviousness of Governor Palin. She was doing the same deceitful and possibly unlawful activity that Karl Rove did when he was in the White House. We must expose political deviants such as Palin.

Posted by: Gator-ron | October 8, 2008 1:18 PM | Report abuse

John McCain's outh says "country first" but all his actions say just the opposite. His real campaign slogan is "loot this country first". Here are some facts.

John McCain wrote letters to the pentagon and airforce on behalf of the European lobbyists to award a $35 Billion airforce tanker program to the European EADS group instead of the U.S. based Boeing corporation. The deal is for the American military and McCain wants to give the money to the European firm instead of the American firm. Think about the number of jobs that could have been created here if the deal was granted to Boeing instead of EADS in Europe. No wonder the euro is getting stronger and the dollar weaker day by day. McCain's heavy handedness and his ties to european lobbyists who are all now part of his campaign machinery has cost this country $35 billion worth of jobs. This is $35 billion tax payer money uncle sam has from the sweat of American workers.

John McCain talks about 'rhetoric' when it comes to critizing Obama. But McCain's actions are very clear. He is one idiot who uses the name of the American veteran to loot our government's coffin and favor the European firms instead of American firms.

We have the Bushes sending all our taxpayer dollars to Saudi Arabia. We have McCain sending our taxpayer dollars to benefit the european economy. No wonder McCain wants to reduce the size of our government. He doesn't want any government organization to oversee all these under the table deals he makes with foreign lobbyists to drain our country.

Posted by: JimFargo | October 8, 2008 12:16 PM | Report abuse

See Out Takes From Last Nights Debate, Obama and McCain practicing for the debate and the mistakes they made.

Watch a video of McCain dropping the F-Bomb
in a video

I just saw a new poll come out....Dream tickets for the president. Huckabee/Palin comes out 5 to 1 over McCain/Palin. Perhaps the RNC should switch out McCain for Huckabee, they might have a better chance at the white house this year cause I just can't see Obama loosing at this point. The problem is news stations are already calling the race for Obama.....switch it up and have a chance, or should we all stay home and just let Obama take the white house? see poll at

Posted by: pastor123 | October 8, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Sen. John McCain clearly won last night's debate.

Democrats for John McCain and Sarah Palin in 2008.

Posted by: hclark1 | October 8, 2008 11:30 AM | Report abuse

Also just in from Tennesse - which you will NEVER see reported in WaPo or MSM

Today, the son of state Rep. Mike Kernell, D-Memphis, an Obama campaign leader in TN, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury, for hacking Gov. Palin's e-mail account last month, and publicising the contents.

Another criminal, low-class Obama campaigner.....

Posted by: pgr88 | October 8, 2008 11:06 AM | Report abuse

Please.....everyone thinks they are entitled to freebies. McCain feels men should make a commitment to the military. I agree with him.....3 year stint is too short for education aid. He also voted against it because he tried to enact a different law where spouses and dependents would be eligible.

Again, just a typical "soundbite" type of ad.

Posted by: ca67klein | October 8, 2008 10:58 AM | Report abuse

Ouch. That's harsh.

Posted by: chrisduckworth | October 8, 2008 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Ouch. Another well done ad by VoteVets.

Posted by: JPRS | October 8, 2008 9:41 AM | Report abuse

with the internet now, it isn't that hard to check the voting record of either candidate if people take time to do so. the problem is that most people have made their minds up and there is really not much that can be done to change them. What both candidates are doing is to get to the undecided voters. Most of the undecided voters are probably not strongly affiliated with either party....and can be swayed if done correctly. As a veteran my self, I pay attention to those issues that affect veterans. As a veteran himself, I don't feel that McCain is furthering their cause. In fact I think he is hindering it. His whole career is based on that he was a POW, a turn coat at that if you read the "Uniform Code of Military Justice" about aiding and abetting the enemy. This old geezer just needs to go away. We need a to take a poll on how many of these conservative pundits have actually been in the service....

Posted by: woodard3 | October 8, 2008 9:32 AM | Report abuse

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