July 9th, 2008
11:35 AM ET
10 years ago

New AFL-CIO ad geared toward vets

The AFL-CIO will launch a new ad Thursday.

The AFL-CIO will launch a new ad Thursday.

(CNN)— The AFL-CIO will go on the air Thursday with its first television ad aimed at union veterans who might be tempted to support fellow vet John McCain, the presumptive Republican nominee.

“Every vet respects John McCain’s war record,” says Navy veteran and union electrician Jim Wasser of Illinois. “It’s his record in the senate that I have a problem with. He wants us to keep spending $10 billion dollars in Iraq, just like Bush.”

The 30-second ad, ‘Not now,’ is set to air for three weeks in the battleground states of Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.

AFL-CIO spokesman Steve Smith said the size of the labor organization’s buy is “significant.”

This is the labor organization’s first ad since officially endorsing presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama for president late last month. The buy — and its newly-launched Union Veterans Council - will go head-to-head with ads from grassroots organization Vets for Freedom; the group, which launched a four-month election effort on the Fourth of July, supports the war in Iraq.

Filed under: AFL-CIO • Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Matthew J.

    Obamaphiles are running an ad on spending against McCain?

    You mean the Obama that says he will not demand an immediate withdrawal from Iraq?

    You mean the Obama that says he will consult the generals on the ground concerning withdrawal?

    You mean the Obama that said he cannot promise a balanced budget by the end of his first term because there are too many social programs that Americans need?

    You mean the Obama that said we are likely to see an increase in our Federal Debt because of the social programs he intends to increase?

    Obama supporters have absolutely no room to talk when it comes to budget promises.

    July 9, 2008 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  2. Vietnam Veteran DC

    I keep hearing this BS about McCain glorious war record, he was a third rate pilot who was told where to drop his bombs and was probually the reason he was shot down, after each bombing, he would race back to a secure air base. He has never supervise any unit in a combat situtation where live and death decision had to be made. His promotion and ranks was a result of family connection and not merit. I would like to see his pundits have him release his military record, then everyone would realize that General Clark was right on point.

    July 9, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  3. No McCain!

    Nice... and it's accurate. Let's show the voters he's a 3rd Bush term and this country cannot afford another!

    Let's spend that 10 billion dollars to improve life HERE, not on another meaningless war (Iran and Iraq.)

    Obama '08

    July 9, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  4. Keep It Simple Stupid

    Only one candidate backed a GI bill that would have restored an honorable level of benefits to our returning soldiers.

    Barack Obama


    If you go, you fight, you dodge bullets to support what this country stands for ... what's wrong with us giving you benefits that can allow you to change your station in life?

    Absolutely nothing according to Senator Obama...

    Senator McCain didn't support this though .... and he's the one running the POW commercials.

    July 9, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  5. No Brainer

    America ... pick the Smart Guy ... this time ...

    Let us spend something less than $12B per month ... here at home ... on Energy, Education, and Jobs (Infrastruture).

    July 9, 2008 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  6. saga4obama

    military record?
    -finished 894th out of 899 at the Naval Academy and lost five jets!
    -gave military information to the Vietcong
    -The McCain bill, makes it almost impossible for families to get info about POWs
    -No to the GI bill
    -USS Forrestal 1967...leaving 131 dead many others injured.
    and the list goes on and on.

    DUMPMCCAIN>COM--–read for yourself!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Belle

    Yes we are spending 10 Billion a month in the war in Iraq.

    However, you cannot pull the troops out in a day, and the sooner we finish winning, the sooner we will be gone.

    Even Obama is going to spend $160 BILLION on his 16 month plan, but in reality, he wants to sent them from Iraq to Afghanistan...so under Obama, we STILL will be spending 10 Billion a month, just in one nation instead of two.

    July 9, 2008 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Pick me!! Pick me!!

    Every day more and more of my fellow vets are realizing that Mr. McCain is not good for Veterans. The younger Vets may not know much about Mr. McCain, except for what he wants them to know but, those of us who went through that place in time do.

    To pat himself on his back for spilling his guts in Nam, for special treatment by the enemy is reprehensible. Then to come back and do what he did to the POW/MIA families was a crime.

    All the information about his actions or inactions is out there for your reading pleasure. To be informed is only a click away.

    July 9, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. TONY

    Couldn't put it better myself.

    John McCain is a war hero, ex-POW. No one disputes that. However, his record in the Senate is the problem.

    He is WRONG FOR AMERICA, a Bush clone.

    Haven't the people of this country learned anything over the last 8 years????? WAKE UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  10. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Chanda, how's this for Obama research:

    He voted 'present' more than 130 times in the IL Senate rather than take a position.

    2 of the 3 bills he takes credit for as legislative accomplishments on his web site he wasn't the first sponsor of, just a co-sponsor; and they were in the IL Senate, not US Senate.

    There are documented statements showing he has reversed position on:
    FISA, NAFTA, gun control, public financing, the fence with Mexico, IRAQ, his church, his pastor, Iran as a threat, and having no preconditions to talk to IRAN, N. Korea, and Hamas.

    He has no executive experience of any kind.

    He has minimal foreign policy experience.

    He has no military experience of any kind.

    He hasn't been to Iraq in 2 years, yet feels he can make policy without input from the commanders there.

    Enough facts for you? Have YOU done any research, or are you just star struck like most Obama supporters?

    July 9, 2008 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
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