July 24th, 2007
01:35 PM ET
7 years ago

Veterans' health care topic of new Richardson ad

Veterans’ health care is front-and-center in a new Richardson ad.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson released a new ad a few hours before the CNN/YouTube debate on Monday night targeting health care for veterans and demanding better life insurance to aid families of soldiers that die in battle.

The ad, "Heroes," calls for a "Heroes Health Card," which would give veterans the opportunity to use other hospitals if they live far from designated veterans' facilities. It also highlights a law he passed in New Mexico that increased the life insurance policy for fallen National Guard soldiers from $12,000 to $400,000.

"This ad shows how the governor has long supported our troops and has fought to honor their service with meaningful life insurance benefits and a health care proposal that would make health care much more accessible for veterans who live great distances from VA hospitals," campaign manager Dave Contarino said in a statement.

The ad started running on Monday in Iowa and New Hampshire.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Bill Richardson
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. david a belanger,shirley,ma, veteran us army

    someone needs to ask them this...............

    this is the only way!!!!!!!!! to stop this adminastration. period..the only way bush has no way of vetoing. so why haven't they done this?

    both party are dragging this on to far. its time to end this for god sake

    so call on congress to do this NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Article 1 of the US Constitution gives the Congress, not the President, the right to declare war. And the War Powers Act specifies that the President may not continue a war without Congressional authorization. Saddam is dead. There never were any WMDs or ties to Al Qaeda. The basis for the 2002 war authorization is gone.
    If Congress passes a resolution de-authorizing the war, the President has no legal authority to continue. De-authorization cannot be vetoed, and it would legally require Bush to begin bringing the troops home.
    The time for waiting is over. People are dying every day. We cannot wait until this fall to start bringing our troops home. If Congress doesn't act before they leave for the summer, the only thing that will change between now and the end of the year is the body count.
    Congress has a public mandate and the Constitutional authority to end this war.


    July 24, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  2. Mark Watertown Ma

    Bill Richardson is worth a real look if honesty and decency are big in your book. He is a proven leader with a fantastic foreign policy record. Clinton and Obama have no such record.

    July 24, 2007 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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