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War Veterans Enter Va. Campaign in Big Way

Tim Craig

Virginia's airwaves are going to be cluttered with ads from Iraq veterans who are backing either Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama or Arizona Sen. John McCain, the GOP nominee.

The NRA is running an ad in which an Iraq war veteran condemns Obama for once supporting a ban on handguns in Illinois. "Like all the guys I fought with in Iraq, I was honored to defend my country and its freedom," Kurt Rusch, a former Marine, says in the ad. "But when I got back stateside, I learned Barack Obama opposes my right to own a handgun for self defense. It's ridiculous."

Meanwhile, Washington Post reporter Matt Mosk is reporting that VoteVets is launching a $1.3 million ad buy in Virginia. In the ad, an Iraq war veteran criticizes McCain for skipping the vote on Sen. James Webb's (D-Va.) GI Bill or Rights.

"When John McCain was about my age, our country paid his way through college," Jason Bensley says in the ad. "But when a new GI Bill came up to help today's vets go to college, you skipped the vote for a political fundraiser....Vet to vet, Senator McCain, when you put money from your rich friends ahead of vets like me, how is that 'country first'?"

By Tim Craig  |  October 8, 2008; 11:13 AM ET
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Interesting-- I'm not surprised that vets are getting involved on both sides; Virginia will be a battleground up to the last minute. Guess we'll see if they're able to move the needle one way or the other.

Posted by: DB | October 8, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

"When John McCain was about my age, our country paid his way through college," Jason Bensley says in the ad. "But when a new GI Bill came up to help today's vets go to college, you skipped the vote for a political fundraiser....Vet to vet, Senator McCain, when you put money from your rich friends ahead of vets like me, how is that 'country first'?"

If Revenge is a dish best served cold - That was Cold, Dude!

Posted by: NoVA | October 9, 2008 3:04 PM | Report abuse

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