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. M.S. Indiana

    Poor McCain, the war hero cant get support from his own people...
    But at least people get to see his true face and have more choices then what lies the republicans can come up with

    July 9, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  2. Susan, PA

    Marie,
    good for you but God please help America if McCain is elected.

    On a personal note, I keep asking why McCain cheated on his first wife and left her? Just because she became disfigured?

    PUMAs, its time to think real hard. 4 more years or economy?

    Lets vote for America, not against it.

    ------------
    Hillary backer for America.

    July 9, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  3. Ms. Sims

    @Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa.....she lost, voter voted for him, he was leading, he won. Period! And if these are the kinds of attacks they are waging against a "freshman" senator, could you image what they would be doing to Hill and Bill. The would be gobbling them up and disgarding the bones. She's not squeaky clean herself and God knows Bill isnt. Everybody is sick of the PUMA's whinning like babies uggh it's getting so annoying.

    July 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  4. Anita from Arizona

    A response to Scott L comment:

    Bush the first president in history NOT raise taxes during war time. I also don't like it when taxes go up, but it is a necessary evil of war. Since this current administration didn't feel the need or just wanted to pander to their base by NOT raising taxes when they should have at the beginning of this war, the economy MAY have taken a different turn. McCain has not laid out any other plan to pay back the debt to Chin or help get this country back on it's feet. At least Obama has a plan. Do you know McCain plan? If so, can you explain it to me?

    July 9, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  5. Nicole in NE

    Biff – you are awesome! yes, people just believe they hear without actually researching what is true and what is not.

    That's exactly how we got Bush twice and I hope the American people are not going to make that same mistake again.

    My children cannot be handed the crap we have put ourselves in!

    Obama 08'

    July 9, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  6. Rob

    it really bothers me how STUPID many people are. it is so aggrevating me...

    McCain does not stand for war. He is considering US presence there. big difference.
    Dont you guys think that someone who was in a terrible war and suffered so much that he would want something similar to happen to someone else.

    I dont know why but those VETs are dump as .... i dont say it. i just say that they should know better....

    Aggrevated Rob from NC

    McCain

    July 9, 2008 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  7. CALI DUDE

    Hey...!
    McPain is a 4th BUSH TERM not a 3rd..!
    You are all forgetting Bush Sr...King George Ist. :)
    1 Term from the Senior Bush, 2 terms from the Junior Bush, If you add McBush that would be the FOURTH term.. :(

    July 9, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  8. white people for obama

    YEs, good job! McCain has some nerve talking about his military record when he was a POW and now supports torture himself. HE is the biggest flip-flopper.

    July 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  9. STILL VOTING FOR HILARY!

    You asked for it You got it! Obama bought and paid for! So much for change?

    July 9, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  10. KOS

    Gee what a surprise the AFL-CIO is against a Republican. All one needs to do is see who the ad is from to know what the content will be. And to bloviating biff, I find it comical that you complain about Republicans not talking about the issues, when all you libs can spew is "Obama is for change", "No more McSame". That's real deep!!

    July 9, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. Darrel from Denver

    In reply to 'Last Honest Man"'s speechlessness in regard to Democrats and their negativity.........GET REAL....The Republicans play that game exclusively and much better than any other party on the planet. They will outright LIE if needed. Their whisper campaigns and their rumor mills abound everywhere.

    What I see on this blog are a group of either idiots or disingenuous right-siders trying to undermine the eventual presidency of Senator Obama. They cannot fathom that ever happening even while it is happening under their noses. Typical lemmings...

    July 9, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Susan

    At least the AFL CIO vets are honest, unlike the Swift Boat Vets that McBush likes to parade! Thanks guys, for a great Ad.

    July 9, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. CALI DUDE

    Hey Ms. SIms...??2:56PM ET

    What happened with that California Superior Court Case against Hillary & Bill Clinton.? Since she lost the primary..Can't The Plaintiff, Peter Paul's Attorneys now argue that she could now easily testify. No need to wait for the November continuation.
    That continuation never made sense anyhow. Why were The Clintons given until after the DNC Convention to be required to testify.
    Why was Justice placed on hold so she could possibly win the nomination?
    Mr. Peter Pauls rights to justice are not equal to Clinton rights? What if she had won the nomination and then Peter Paul won the Suit? Hillary would have had to withdraw as the Democratic Nominee. Does that makes sense?
    I don't think so.. A case either has "merit' or it doesn't. The fact that the Court did not sumarily dismiss the case against the Clintons, tells us that it has validity and has "merit".
    If Im ever in serious legal trouble..I'll announce I am running for president and get up to a 4 year continuation until after the Convention.. LOL..:)
    Liberty & Justcice for all?? LMAO:P

    July 9, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  14. ANGIE

    i think this is great and i hope our troops understand mccain opossed a bill that would help them mccain only cares about our vets for one thing to put them in harms way with senseless wars!! and leave them in iraq for 100 years

    July 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  15. PUMAs = Operation Chaos, Pt 2

    Two points:

    1- PUMAs are indeed Republicans going under the guise of disenfranchised Dems to try to split the party once again. Ridiculous – no matter how it's portrayed.

    2- McCain will keep pushing his POW status till the end of time. It's been 30 years since – must not be anything really great that highlights his leadership abilities since then.

    July 9, 2008 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Chanda Cincinnati Ohio

    To Mike from Texas:

    Then you obviously have not done your homework, just like the rest of the people who form thier opinions of Obama from Media bias and republican commercials. DO SOME RESEARCH FOR CRYING OUT LOUD!!!!! FORM AN EDUCATED OPINION!!!!

    July 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. proud army and navy mom

    great comment BIFF

    to scott L: so what is your suggestion than. continue to borrow for 100 years?

    anybody with sense knows that if you find yourself in a hole:
    STOP DIGGING! if the war ended today, at least the bleeding (literally)
    would stop and then we can figure out how to repair it.

    July 9, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  18. Generation X

    The Republicans feel that spending $10 BILLION a month on a civil war that they created is more important than repairing New Orleans or spending that money on education and healthcare. What do they care, most of the $10 billion is going to outsource government contracts that benefit Cheney (former CEO of Halliburton), Bush, McCain, and Rove. Can anyone say Halliburton??

    July 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  19. The Truth

    To PUMA people:

    I know you want to support McSame so that when he defeats Obama, your Hillary can run in 2012. But you haven't thought it through.

    If Obama loses this election for any reason at all (And he won't) HILLARY AND BILL WOULD BE BLAMED FOR IT! She will not be nominated by the DNC agan! Her goal to be President, or even regaining her Senate seat would be lost.

    Why, you ask, would her Senate seat also be up for grabs? Because everything that the Clintons achieved in their political career was made possible by a large part, by the undying loyaly of AFRICAN AMERICANS (You know, the people that Bill peed off?).
    They will make sure that she NEVER wins again in New York where their vote was what put her over the top.

    Obama will win this election INSPITE OF THE PUMA.

    July 9, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  20. The Great Unionized Shakedown

    So, how do you conservative union members feel about your FORCED union dues being spent on ads to help elect someone with whom many or most of you do not support. Aren't unions great?!

    July 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  21. Brandon Hillary PUMA for Mc Cain-Pa

    Ms Sims --were not going anywhere deal with it.!! We are here and we are going to make this as hard as possible for Obama and the elitest democratic party who selected him. We will do everything in our power to make sure the democratic party pays and does not disregard voters in the future.

    July 9, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  22. Biff, hussein Biffington

    Bob said..
    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.
    _ _ _ __ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

    BOB...
    UNDER WHO'S WATCH WERE WE ATTACKED?
    UNDER WHO'S WATCH DID KOREA "GET" NUCLEAR WEAPONS?

    UNDER WHO'S WATCH HAS IRAN GROWN BOLD ENOUGH TO LAUNCH MISSLES...

    FINALLY.. CARTER BROUGHT ALL OF THE HOSTAGES HOME "ALIVE"!

    But don't let the FACTS get in the way of your 'argument" Have at it...
    (idiot)...

    July 9, 2008 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  23. TESAP

    Scott L, and is we stay in Iraq for 100 years............... we will never have any money for anythin I guess........... close all public schools and hospitals...........

    July 9, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  24. Peter E

    I'm laughing my head off! They criticize McCain for funding this war? Have they taken a look at the record of Obama? Senator Obama has repeatedly voted FOR continued funding. He has voted AGINST cutting off that funding and even criticized fellow democrats for trying to do so. He voted AGAINST setting a timetable for withdrawal in face of his own party.Pull your head out of the sand people! read the facts!

    July 9, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  25. Generation X

    FACT- President Bush and Vice President knowly gave false information to Congress, United Nations, and the US taxpayer about WMD's in Iraq. (we spend millions of dollars investigating steriods in baseball but none on Iraq intelligience)

    FACT- Pulling out of Iraq along a 12 month time period WILL save American soldiers lives.

    FACT- We will save $10 billion a month by ending a senseless war.

    FACT- The rich will have to pay the same percentage in taxes as me when BHO is President. Yes Cindy McCain, that means you too!

    FACT- President Bush will go down in history as the worst two term President EVER!

    FACT- BHO's lack of experience is better than McCain's use of "bad" experience any day.

    FACT- Barack Obama is more intelligent than John McCain.

    FACT- 1.6 million donors agree that President Obama will be in the White House next January. (We will finally have our country back!)

    FACT-

    July 9, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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