February 25th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
12 years ago

Votevets.org targets McCain on Iraq

 A new ad from VoteVets.org is targeting McCain.

A new ad from VoteVets.org is targeting McCain.

(CNN) - The anti-Iraq war group VoteVets.org is taking aim at John McCain over his Iraq war stance in a new television ad launching later this week.

The ad, to begin running in the Washington, DC area on Thursday, features veteran Rose Forrest, who served in Iraq for 12 months.

"John McCain says it's ok with him if the U.S. spends the next 1,000 years in Iraq," she says in the ad.

Then, picking up her infant son, Forrest says, "What kind of commitment are you making to him? How about a thousand years of affordable healthcare, or a thousand years of keeping America safe. Could you afford that for my child, Sen. McCain, or have you already agreed to spend trillions in Baghdad?"

The 30-second spot is set to run for two days, though it may expand beyond that to other markets. The McCain campaign has not responded to a request for comment on the ad.

News of the ad comes the same day VoteVets, along with several other organizations including MoveOn.org, SEIU, and Americans United for Change launched a nationwide campaign to defeat Republican members of Congress, and link the cost of the Iraq war with the country's economic downturn.

Former presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, touted the nationwide effort in a conference call with reporters Monday morning.

"People don't understand why we're spending $500 billion and counting in Iraq at the same time that we've got 40 million-plus Americans who don't have any healthcare coverage, 37 million living in poverty, people terrified about being able to pay their bills," Edwards said. "All of these things are made much worse by concern about what's happening in Iraq."

The groups said they were prepared to spend $20 million on television advertisements between now and November that take aim at McCain and at least 50 members of Congress.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. Darth Vadik, CA

    So, I guess now we are goimg to keep the number of troops to almost the surge levels.

    HOW MANY TROOPS WILL HAVE TO HAVE THEIR ALREADY LONG TOURS EXTENDED?

    McCAIN CARE TO ANSWER THAT?

    WHEN THE DEMOCRATS PROPOSED TO HAVVE 1 YEAR ABROAD 2 YEARS AT HOME McCAIN VOTED AGAINST IT, AND PEOPLE STILL THINK HE CARES?

    GO TO HELL McCAIN.

    GIVE HIM HELL VOTEVETS

    February 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Rexx

    John McCain is spearheading victory by voting for a war that never should have happened; spearheading victory by continuing down a path that cannot be answered militarily; spearheading victory while ignoring the central front to the war on terror and home of Osama bin Laden, is and remains to be in Afghanistan.

    February 25, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Grace

    Clinton SHAME ON YOU

    February 25, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. Faizan Ali

    Hi America,

    Not to say that Americans are stupid but, just FYI, a substantial part of your tax dollar goes toward: a) The war in Iraq and, b) Paying for stupid ads such as this!

    February 25, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  5. Chris Pennington

    I never heard McCain say 1000 years, but I did here him say that he would keep us there indefinently. BTW people talk about Obama being unrealistic, but how realistic is the upkeep of 120 thousand plus soldiers in Iraq? WE ARE BROKE PEOPLE! No more water beds and satelitte dishs for you!! The gig is up!

    February 25, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  6. enoch needles, jersey city nj

    I LOVE this quote: "McCain never said the war will take 1000 years, he said 100 years."

    A 100 year quagmire is so much preferable to a 1000 year quagmire.

    February 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  7. Darth Vadik, CA

    McCAIN IS A CHILD OF WAR.
    HIS GRANDFATHER WAS,
    HIS FATHER WAS,
    HE IS,
    HIS SONS ARE.

    ALTHOUGH I RESPECT AND THANK THE McCAIN FAMILY FOR THEIR SERVICE TO THIS COUNTRY...

    ...I THINK BECAUSE OF HIS FAMILY'S EXPERIENCE HI THINKS THERE MUST BE WARS INSTEAD OF TRYING TO DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO AVOID WARS.

    McCAIN, THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE, BUT I DONT WANT YOU AS MY COMMANDER IN CHIEF, FOR THE THOUSANDS OF YOUNG SERVICE MEN AND WOMEN THAT WOULD LOSE THEIR LIVES BECAUSE OF YOU.

    February 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. Andrew Lee, Nashville, TN

    Can someone please explain to me.....in detail.....how the war in Iraq is keeping me safe?????

    Don't give me any of your.....better over there than over here....don't you remember 911......witlless arguments.

    How EXACTLY does this protect us.

    February 25, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. therealist

    If you want your son to do a tour in Iraq too Rose, vote for a dem..

    February 25, 2008 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  10. will

    McCain makes bill clinton look like a choir boy. Us vets are for Obama. we have seen Bush failed policy first hand.

    February 25, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  11. dia20

    Dear Bill, Dear Hillary: We know that you like the White House, you are very fond of it. It is, after all, our national symbol of power. And everybody likes power. Hillary, it may bring you beautiful remembrances of State dinners, upbeat discussions about NAFTA (which you clearly supported at the time), cozy and distinguished guests. And the White House Christmas Tree. Bill, you, as a devoted husband, liked the Oval Office and you surely remember some interesting moments there – no need to mention them, everybody knows.. We understand your longing and nostalgias. If we had been there, for sure we would also like to be back. But don't you think it's really time to give up? Let, maybe, another tenant come in? I know the Bushes were there for 12 years, and that’s not fair. You were only 8 years there. Do you really need free lodging? You already had some in Arkansas and then in Washington. As a life-long democrat, can I kindly ask you to free the space for other newcomers, be it Barack (yes, I agree it's not a very fancy name, and he is only 50% white) or for John (yes, I agree, it's a very common name, he is old, a little bit disdabld, not really worth the White House)? Please, we need FRESH AIR. Sincerely yours. We, the common people of America, democrats and republicans – the ones who will never put a foot in the White House.

    February 25, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  12. RealityKing

    Under McCain, Rose's son will be able to visit a democratic free Iraq.
    Under a dem, Rose's son will not be able to visit the new dictator of Iraq.

    Change is not what the dems what for the world, only their self-centered constituents..

    February 25, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  13. JohnS

    If McCain gets nailed for the war, so will Hillary.

    Hillary, like McCain, voted for the war in Iraq. Moreover, both of them are ready to attack Iran.

    Conclusion: the Dems will lose this arguement, if Hillary is the nominee. I guess, with Ralph in the race, it would be like this:

    Republicans + Ralp AGAINST Hillary. She better start crying now because when they are done with her, it will sound samll in comparison to what they did to Kerry!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. JohnS

    Some of us sincerely hope that the people in Ohio and Texas will end the intense bickering and come to the rescue of the "soul" of the Dem party by ending this process on March 4. This means voting for Obama, knowing fully well that a vote for Hillary will simply given time for the Reps and Ralph to prepare for the Dems.

    On anothre note. I think Hillary is really losing it and may need good psychiatric care when this process in over with ASAP! As a healthcare professional, I am deeply concerned about Hillary's mental status. Perhaps the major concern is how would she deal with the worse cases that are yet to come from the Republican machine?

    How will Hillary handle Iran's caustic challenges that lie ahead?
    How will Hillary handle the Russians?
    How will Hillary handle the middle east gurus who have no regard for women?

    Is this what American wants to deal with in the next 4 years?

    February 25, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  15. vote4change

    McCain did indeed say he would stay in Iraq 100 years and even 1000 if need be. He was on the Larry King show when he said it. So, the allegation is true about the 1000 years comment.

    February 25, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. MP-Pennsylvania

    Why can't we leave other countries alone. It is one thing to go after AL-Quida. But we now know Iraq is a mistake done by very experienced president. Do we have evidence that IRAQ has bin laden.

    February 25, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  17. miamimike13

    Why don't they spend that $20,000,000 on the poor if they are really that concerned about them. Typical liberal garbage and lies.

    February 25, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Lamps

    What a Fear Mongering ad.....

    February 25, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  19. Carolyn

    Rose was not completely honest with her opinion. The military is a volunteer one and a deployable one. If you don't like it just do your time and get out and find another job. I hope the mission will be complete enough to bring the majority home in the near future. She is not a career soldier though.

    And Obama is a whiney hiney..

    February 25, 2008 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Carolyn

    If she is with moveon.org need I say more.........what a joke and a waste of ad space.

    Some of those Obama koolaid drinkers that have been motivated with the motivational speeches hahahahha

    February 25, 2008 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  21. Julie, Atlanta, GA

    One one candidate has ever spoken for me: JOHN EDWARDS.

    Nice going, America. And thanks for all you did to promote the rush to the extreme thrill of an african-american vs. female for president, cnn and others.

    The BEST candidate we could ever hope to have has been pushed out of this race.

    Nice going, America.

    February 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  22. Independent

    Look – I admit he said we could stay there for 100 years... but do you people ever look at the context? he said in a position like we have in South Korea or in Japan after WWII... in other words, a force that is maintained there in time of peace. He never said he wanted to keep fighting the war for 100 years... these people are taking a quote WAY out of context

    February 25, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  23. RealityKing

    The fact is that Rose's opinion represents less than 1% of returning Iraqi veterns. I wonder why Hillary trumpets Rose's opinion while ignoring the other 99 vet opinions??

    February 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  24. retruntocommonsense

    Anyone who trades liberty for security deserves neither liberty nor security. – Ben Franklin.

    The man knew what he was talking about. Over the last 5 years we have been barraged with messages of fear. It is as if Al Queda invented the concept of attacking the U.S. They are not the first. The War of 1812 saw our nation invaded by the British who actually burned down Washington, DC, then there was the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The point is that there were always be someone wishing us harm. Every nation has its enemies.

    War is about two things – power and money – who has it and who doesn't. Period. We have financially drained our nation spending billions of dollars that could have been used to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, educate our children, etc. What better way of bring down a nation than to destroy it financially.

    February 25, 2008 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  25. Brad, Gainesville Florida

    I endorse a sensible and just foreign policy that endorses human rights. A foreign policy that ignores oppression on civilians in the dark places of the world is none that I'm willing to settle for. John McCain is a wise man who's paid his dues far beyond every person has has posted to this- combined. Make no mistake about that. He understands, unlike most of us, what the enemy is capable of doing and what it's going to take to keep it under control. The current administration would be catching all the flack if there had been another 9/11 type of tragedy up to now. Yet, we don't discuss how much we appreciate current programs that help keep us safer as a result of the largest government reconstruction since the new deal. We can throw stones all day at candidates, but keep in mind you cannot sit down at the dinner table with the devil and expect to win. When the only goal of certain people is your death and destruction, you can NOT just sit back and act like it doesn't exist. In that regard, sensible foreign policy is one that helps the good people of the world overcome punk dictators and embrace freedom. God forbid we get another Jimmy Carter in office.

    Somebody brought up a point about unsafe borders, loss of jobs, etc... well guess what... nobody said life was perfect and who wanted want the government to foot the bill for everything? It's not the Governments job to do ANYTHING for you or us. It's about the government providing safety so that human nature and freewill can take it from there. I owe you nothing, and you owe me nothing. We all owe each other the chance to be safe. I'll take it from there. And that's the kind of foreign policy I want.

    February 25, 2008 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
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