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Ad Watch: New Ad Targets Sen. McConnell on Iraq War

Starting today, folks in Lexington and Louisville, Ky. will start seeing a new TV ad, targeting Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ken.), the Senate Minority Leader. The ad calls out McConnell for his support of President Bush's Iraq strategy, and it comes a little more than a year before McConnell seeks reelection.

The ad, produced by the anti-war group Americans Against Escalation in Iraq, uses some creative editing to drive home its point. It repeatedly uses clips of President Bush stating that "progress" has been made in Iraq. It then disputes the president's repeated claims by listing the number of U.S. service members killed in Iraq, and the total monetary cost of the war.

Meanwhile, following the release of the initial Iraq assessment by the White House, McConnell had this to say:

"What have we learned? We've learned that progress is mixed, that many of the military tasks assigned to the military have been achieved, and that we have not seen sufficient progress on the political benchmarks."

McConnell also met with the president Wednesday to discuss ways to stop GOP defections on the Iraq war.

By Ed O'Keefe |  July 13, 2007; 10:15 AM ET Ad Watch , Congress
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I would like to see Bush's many irrational assurances of optimism over the "progress" contrasted in a video with the many other Republicans who talk about our failure to achieve much or any progress and about how Bush and friends have bungled this war. There is a ton of material out there to work with.

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