July 9th, 2008
11:35 AM ET
6 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. Marie in California

    Well, I'm both a veteran and a union member.....and I support John McCain.

    Lifelong Democrat.....now brand new Republican.

    July 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  2. Jamal kansas

    good we have someone on our side that can put up television ads to the Republicans and there attack ads this year will be met fire with fire

    July 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  3. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Wonder if the "typical white person" thats bitter clinging to guns and religion will even listen in these battleground states that obama lost substantially in the primaries.

    July 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Tom

    I love that they can outright lie about $10 billion dollars each month in Iraq...

    We spend $22 Billion dollars a month in peace time on our men while the men in Iraq might cost us 10 billion a month it would cost almost the same to have them over in any other country or in the US training. The only difference is the extra war time pay, we dont use extra bullets Ive been here for 3 months and have not fired a weapon in anger only in training (which I would do in the US as well)

    We pull our troops out of Iraq the savings is going to be almost nothing.. the only way to save money is make the military smaller, but they we will have a lot more unemployed people.

    Since Jan 2001 – Jan 08: 5301 military personal have died in the US from car crashes to training deaths... that's more then have died in war time during that same period.

    July 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  5. David Goldman

    BUSH & MCBUSH TREAT OUR VETS LIKE

    OTHER DISPOSABLE EQUIPMENT. ONCE

    THEY ARE DISCHARGED THEY DON'T WANT TO

    HEAR FROM THEM OTHER THAN AT A PHOTO OP,

    OR ON ELECTION DAY.

    July 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  6. Last Honest Man

    I am speechless to how mean spirited Democrats are!
    Does it come from being born a minority like Mr Obama.
    A lack of sex like Ms Clinton or Ms. Pelosi
    A lack of hair like Mr. Biden
    Or a lack of identity Mr. Reid.

    Where does it come from?

    July 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Jack Wilson

    labor unions attacking McCain are ignoring Obama's drive to eliminate the border between Us and Mexico and have all Americans learn Spanish as these immigrants, legal and illegal, take jobs away from Americans; I guess the unions figure that uneducated limited-English speaking Mexicans will be more easily unionized and vote Democrat without question

    July 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  8. karen-phoenix

    I'm a "recovering republican" , live in AZ and would NEVER think of voting for McCain. Besides, he is just tooooo old!!!! And I do not care who they put as VP, McCain is a waremonger and a hot head that will go off in a second!!

    July 9, 2008 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  9. Jamal kansas

    there is alot of Paid Republican Bloggers popping up on blog post after blog post Unfortunatly for them them the American people are tired of the lies and fear mongering

    July 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  10. T GUY

    MCCAIN CAN'T EVEN RUN AND MANAGE A GOOD CAMPAIGN HOW WILL HE MANAGE THIS COUNTRY. HE DOESN'T HAVE THE MANAGERIAL SKILLS TO DO THE JOB.

    July 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  11. Doris,Memphis,TN

    Great ad. The only vet McCain is concerned about is himself.
    Thank you to all the veterans of America.
    Thank you for all that you have done for this country.
    Maybe when Senator Obama becomes President, you
    will get the respect you deserve!

    July 9, 2008 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Nicole in NE

    Yes – the Iraqi PM wants a timetable for withdraw and Bush and McCain have said over and over again they don't and won't.

    It's time to bring our troops home. And yes, the new GI bill should be supported. They served us, we need to honor that when they come back and cannot afford a home or college.

    McCain did not back the bill!

    Obama 08'

    July 9, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  13. Sharon

    To the AFL-CIO – when Obama does not need you anymore he will throw you under the bus.

    July 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. David Goldman

    JoeMamma-

    IT'S LES ABOUT THE PARTY AND MORE ABOUT,

    WHAT IS GOOD FOR AMERICA. WE ARE DROWNING

    IN DEBT. IF YOU GOT UP 8 YEARS AGO, & TRIED TO

    PUT A PLAN TOGETHER THAT WOULD DESTROY THIS

    NATION, YOU COULDN'T COME UP WITH A BETTER ONE.

    THE LES WE SPEND ON US THE WEAKER WE GET. THE MORE

    DOLLARS OTHER NATIONS HOLD, THE WEAKER THE DOLLAR.

    THE WEAKER THE DOLLAR, THE LESS WE GET FOR IT.

    OUR CURRENCY HAS LOST MORE THAN HALF IT VALUE,

    BECAUSE OF CURRENT POLICIES, WHICH MCSTUPID, HAS

    A & CONTINUES TO SUPPORT. HE IS A GERIATRIC MORON.

    July 9, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. NotFallingInLine.org

    Anyone who supports the candidacy of Barack Obama, the selected nominee of the undemocratic Democratic Party, for president of the United States for the sake of Barack Obama's political advancement or out of fear generated by the liars who claim that John McCain is an extreme right-wing neo-con is a traitor to our inherent rights as voters and to our core democratic principles.

    NFIL Democrat

    July 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  16. Robert

    Yes Biff and it would be nice if,

    1.) Obama's supporters did not resort to name calling.
    2.) Did not resort to distorting the facts. ( Like being in Iraq for 100 years of war. What McCain meant was we will have a presence there like Germany and Japan some 60 years later.)
    3.) Did not shout down everything that is said by McCain supporters like thay are just stupid sheep.
    4.)Did not resort to the race card every given chance.
    5.) Did not do his dirty work for him.
    6.) would not already refer to him as president Obama.
    7.) Would grow up and stop being sp childish.
    8.) Would realize that change means more then changing your mind on any given subject, also refered to as pandering.

    I could go on and on but whats the point, talking to the pointless.

    July 9, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  17. Dan in NJ

    Biff...I read these blogs every day and that is without a doubt the most intelligent thing I have ever seen posted here. Thanks.

    July 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Jim in FL

    Every soldier in Iraq is a volunteer. Every union member is not, as many are required to be a union member in order to keep their job. They are required to pay dues. The unions ruined the auto industry. The unions suck.

    July 9, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. FLORIDA Voter for Obama

    ATTENTION OBAMA SUPPORTERS ON CNN BLOGS:

    THERE HAS BEEN A STRAW POLL ON AOL THAT HAS SHOWN MCCAIN WITH A PRETTY BIG LEAD IN EVERY STATE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. I BELIEVE THIS IS DUE TO THE LACK OF OBAMA SUPPORTERS PARTICIPATING IN THAT POLL. WHENEVER YOU HAVE TIME PLEASE VISIT THE SITE AND LET THE TRUTH PREVAIL. THERE IS NO WAY THAT POLL IS ACCURATE. THEY NEED A REALITY CHECK.

    THANK YOU.

    July 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  20. Dr.Mimi De La Cruz

    OUR SOLDIERS ARE SOLD A BILL OF GOODS

    LIKE WITH VIETNAM. THE PURPOSE OF THE

    IRAQ WAR IS NOT TO WIN, & WE WILL NOT,

    BUT TO STAY AT WAR FOR THE NEXT 100 YEARS.

    FOR THOSE THAT WANT TO KNOW MCMORON TOLD US.

    July 9, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Tom

    Clinton criticized Obama, as did some Republicans, for saying in a CNN debate last summer he would be willing to meet with the leaders of Iran, Syria, Venezuela, Cuba, and North Korea "without precondition."

    "I would," Obama said at the CNN/YouTube debate last July. "And the reason is this: That the notion that somehow not talking to countries is punishment to them - which has been the guiding diplomatic principle of this administration - is ridiculous."

    The Obama campaign has since added nuance to that position, particularly regarding meeting with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
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    "I would not say that we would meet unconditionally," Obama spokesman and former Sen. Tom Daschle told CNN in May. "Of course, there are conditions that we would involve in preparation in getting ready for the diplomacy.

    "'Without precondition' simply means we wouldn't put obstacles in the way of discussing the differences between us," he said. "That's really what they're saying, what Barack is saying."

    FLIP FLOP!

    July 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  22. Bulldog

    We are currently borrowing $10-12 billion for the war in Iraq. This is money that future generations have pay for. This is irresponsible and those trying to spin it saying stopping the war will bring new cash are foolish. We are borrowing money from the very people the Bush adminstrations claim they despise and the US is spriraling into record deficits every day. My children don't understand this yet, but they will when they become old enough to pay taxes. McCain's policies are just a continuation of this irresponsible behavior thrown onto the backs of our children. The wealthy people who have become wealthier under Bush and McCain policies don't care because they can afford it. It's the rest of us "average" Americans who will be paying for this war decades from now. And the Iraqis want us to leave while McCain promises to stay and just pile on the US credit card to pay for it. If McCain wins our future generations will pay for it, literally.

    July 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. Obama 08: Female, 60, white

    McCain's lack of judgement and lack of concern for what is right for America lies in his support of this illegal invasion.

    July 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  24. A Real Democrat Votes Issues

    Well, I hate to break it to you Scott L but, if you would listen and stop being mad about life for a moment you would realize that Obama said ending the war will stop the increasing DEFICIT, not put money in our pockets. We have a huge debt to pay off and increasing the debt doesn't help balance the budget, its simple; stop spending money on the war, we can stop increasing the huge hole, then maybe we can start getting back to fiscal responsibility. I know you guys hear Obama speak but instead of actually listening to EVERYTHING, you hear what you want, scrutinize what you want, and run with it, even though its completely inaccurate. Just like when he said "refine" his plan, everyone called it a Flip-Flop, which I find funny for those who would vote for McPancake.

    July 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  25. Bob

    Aggressive Diplomacy huh. What does that mean? Sending Jimmy Carter to Iran to unconditionally surrender? That worked so well in N. Korea in the mid 90’s.

    If so, I hope that Iran takes Jimmy Hostage this time. Liberals = usefull idiots to the USA’s enemies, and useless idiots for the rest of us. Let’s just ship all the Liberals to Iran to negotiate and hope that they are taken hostage.

    July 9, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
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