NEW YORK (CNN) – John McCain and Barack Obama will make indirect pitches to women voters Wednesday, with both presumptive presidential nominees appearing in “salutes” to military families on the Lifetime Network.
The 30-second spots will coincide with the Sunday premiere of the second season of “Army Wives,” a drama that focuses on the day-to-day lives of families living on an army base. In addition to recognizing the sacrifices of the military personnel and their families, the two senators – who filmed the salutes separately – also tell viewers “how they can get involved in efforts to support military families,” according to an advance release of the salutes provided to CNN.
(Excerpts of the salutes after the jump)
Excerpts of the salutes:
John McCain: “‘Army Wives’ has a lot of great twists and turns. I know, because Cindy makes me watch with her and we're looking forward to season two. But the show also sheds light on the strength and sacrifice of our nation's military families. As we honor and cherish the sacrifices made by those who have served our nation, we should also honor those who are currently in harm's way, defending our freedom, and the brave families that await their safe return…To all men and women serving in our armed forces, to their families, and to our veterans: you are the best Americans, and our best efforts to honor our debts to you will fall far short of what you have given and what you deserve…”
Senator Obama: “I know you all are waiting to see what happens this season on ‘Army Wives.’ But I just wanted to take a moment to honor the people this show is about. ‘Army Wives’ tells a story that's being lived by families across this country – by loved ones who are counting the days until the next R&R; by young children whose parents have been deployed so many times they barely know them; by parents who sit by the phone, waiting anxiously for their son or daughter to call; and by all who mourn the loss of one of America's fallen heroes… our entire nation owes our troops and those who love them our abiding gratitude – for their service, their courage, and for the sacrifice they make each day on our behalf….”