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. Biff, hussein Biffington

    It would be so nice…
    If these blog topics were actually filled with debaters instead of 30 paid RNC, right wing staffers.
    If these same 30 paid RNC, right wing staffers did NOT spout the SAME tired rhetoric topic after topic.
    If they actually ‘contributed’ to a meaningful discussion
    If they actually ‘read’ the article BEFORE letting their drivel flow
    If they could NOT resort to CREATING HATRED for this man, much as they did Bill Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry. (creating hatred is all they are good at)
    If they did NOT “MANUFACTURE” outrage on non-outrageous topics… (flag-pins, bitter, muslim, ‘did-he-flip-flop’)
    If the Republican strategy was actually something OTHER than “make the other guy look worse than you, even if you have to lie to do it”
    If Obama could state a simple truth such as “water is wet” without his words being twisted and morphed into “Rev Wright teaches that all water drinkers hate blacks… and America!)..- (so stupid)..
    But.. these ARE the tricks the RNC and the Republicans will use. They have no choice. People are waking up to the fact that they have been ‘tricked’ into voting against their own best interests time and again. And as LOUD as the republican propaganda machine howls, things are so bad that most people cannot be ‘tricked’ into THINKING otherwise. (and that is very bad news for Republicans).

    July 9, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  2. Hillary to Obama

    I would comment if I could see the ad

    July 9, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  3. Thanks, but no thanks McBush! Tampa, FL

    We can support our troops best by keeping the people who would spend their lives, not in defense of freedom, but for the profit margins of campaign contributors.

    Imagine what $10 billion a month would mean for homeland security, health care, infrastructure, or education? We can and should be doing a lot better than the war in Iraq!

    July 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Linda from Prescott AZ

    Good for AFL-CIO! Many of their members are veterans and it's nice to know that we support the best man for the job!

    July 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  5. jen

    Great add...It is clean and accurate!!!

    July 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  6. David, Silver Spring, MD

    I might support a war in Iraq, too, if I knew what we were supposed to get out of it. As is, I can imagine all kinds of things we could do with that $10 billion a month we're spending there.

    It's not just about patriotism or being in favor of "freedom," it's also about spending our hard-earned dollars wisely. Iraq is looking like a pretty poor investment considering our other needs.

    July 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Mike - Texas

    I have problem with Obama's record!!

    It is almost non-existant!!!!!

    July 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  8. Alex

    thats good, but this only works for the undecided, hopefully there are still a lot of them... true mccain supporters want war....

    July 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. Saad from NJ

    It's not McCain, it's not Bush on whose shoulders lies the terrible and total blame of the Iraq war. It was evil Cheney and more evil Rummy. I was and am totally against this evil theology derived Iraq war, or at least the approach that we took to start it.

    The bigger problem now is that we pull out now or before the country has an established system and functioning departments, it will be chaos. Look at what happened to and in Afghanistan when we abandoned it in the early 90's after Soviets left.

    July 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. Johnny Mac is bad cheese gone worse

    The same John McCain of past elections who wouldn't vote for the John McCain today and vice-versa because they are both unrecognizable to the other. The same John McCain who said his war record wouldn't be used as a political tool but has served it up big-time because that's all he has to run his campaign on. He's just damaged, repackaged Bush merchandise in an older, demented, sinister form. Not only does he continue to resemble Bush 95% of the time, the other 5% is starting to mumble and grumble like Cheney.

    July 9, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  11. Nate, Seattle WA

    This VET is for Obama, time to bring our boys and girls home!


    July 9, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  12. Unempressed

    Good for them!

    McCain wants to point guns at Iran and joke about them all dieing. Pointing guns at each other is not how to solve problems – especially when someone (McCain) has a temper problem.

    July 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  13. TEXAN

    GREAT ad !!!! I too, respect ,admire and thank McCain for his service in Vietnam, However, I do not believe that he is the man who will properly get us out of Iraq anytime soon. I am afraid of his views on the war and any future situations that may arise. He is not the right man for President. Obama is our man. GO OBAMA !!!!!

    July 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Scott L

    Too bad Dems don't understand the concept of borrowing on credit for the war. Even if we stopped 100% today funding the war, it would not produce any cash to support Obama's programs. The only way he gets money for his pie in the sky programs is to raise taxes. Period. Why you would support that is beyond me. Raising taxes on those that make over 250k will not be enough. Eventually your local taxes will raise as well so get used to it.

    July 9, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  15. Patrick Henry

    Now let me recall what Mr. Obama said-"I do not cater to special interest groups". My campaign is working only on donations from the "general public" not special interest groups.


    I hope my fellow veterans who had the gumption to serve their country and risk their life and blood for the United States of America aren't going to be duped by these back door attempts to make it appear Obama offers anthing more to help the unions than any President can actually provide. Fact is–we are in wierd economic waters–and no President, nor Congress can do much about the weakening power of labor unions and the decreasing union membership.

    Most Americans don't have the disposable income to donate to unions–and have not been served very well by them. Thus their decline–and eventual demise.

    July 9, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  16. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Excellent. McCain doesn't do anything for veterans and I'm glad they're firing back.

    July 9, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Frank

    Of course the AFL-CIO is in bed with the Democrats. Democrats are the unions bag-boys who do their dirty deeds just so the Democrats can have somebody to back them in elections. All this ad does is expose the Democrats for the sneaky, deceitful party they have become. Shame on you Democrats and shame on your deceit!

    July 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  18. John B. From New Hampshire

    'bout time they stood up against this. And we wonder why our economy is in the dumps?!?!?!?! 10billion a month could help the homeless or less fortunate here!!!! What have the Iraqis ever done for us?!?!

    July 9, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  19. Ty

    Good job AFL-CIO

    July 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |

    Wow, this has turned out to be a Civil War of endorsements. Have to say, the AFL-CIO ad might strike a cord with the majority of vets though.

    July 9, 2008 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. Gorbashov

    Now that the Iraqi's have demanded a timetable for withdrawl I want to see Bush, and McSame get at of that one!

    Obama/Nunn in 2008 and beyond!

    July 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  22. BUSHED!!!!

    CNN........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.”

    July 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  23. JoeMamma

    No Honest Republican would vote for McCain.
    He doesn't have a conservative bone in his body.
    Bill Clinton was more conservative than Bush or McCain combined.
    Hopefully Obama will return this country to some sort of financial responsibility.

    Republican for anybody but McCain '08

    July 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  24. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    The ad might pack more of a punch if Obama were not the selected nominee...

    PUMA .....wont drink the kool aide

    Cant wait to see the republican 527's gear up they'll take care of what the Clinton campaign didnt touch

    July 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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    July 9, 2008 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
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