Veterans Group Urges Support to 'Finish the Job'
By Michael D. Shear in The Trail:
Sen. John McCain will get some battleground-state help this week from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, who appear in a television commercial aimed at convincing the public that the United States is winning in Iraq.
Produced by Vets for Freedom, an organization of veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the ad will run in Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and on cable nationwide. The group, with about 20,000 members, will spend $1.5 million on what it calls the first of many spots during the next month.
"As an organization, we have four months here, a window of opportunity of heightened awareness," said the group's chairman, Pete Hegseth, himself an Iraq vet. "We think it's crucial that the success our troops have made on the battlefield is relayed to the American public."
The ad features eight veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and the mother of a soldier in Iraq. "We changed strategy in Iraq," one of the soldiers says in the ad. "And the surge worked. Now that's change we can believe in. We need to finish the job. ... no matter who is president."
By Ed O'Keefe |
July 6, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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