(CNN) — Vets for Freedom, a group of Iraq and Afghan combat veterans, is urging Sen. Barack Obama to acknowledge success of the surge in Iraq in a new ad airing Wednesday.
“Senator Barack Obama credits the improvements in Iraq to anything but the surge,” says Sgt. Gabriel Herrera.
“But, I know the surge worked. I was there,” Travis Quinlan adds.
The “surge” refers to President Bush’s decision to send an additional 30,000 troops into Iraq beginning in January of 2007. The presumed Republican presidential nominee, Sen. John McCain, was a strong supporter of the president’s decision to send more troops to Iraq.
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The 30-second spot, “I am the Surge,” will begin airing in Denver, the site Democratic National Convention. The Democrats’ theme Wednesday night is “Securing America’s Future,” and they plan a salute to the nation’s veterans that evening.
The featured vets urge Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, to follow the lead of fellow Sens. Joe Lieberman and Lindsay Graham and cite a resolution the pair put forth which recognizes the success of the surge overseas.
“So call Senator Obama,” Herrera says, “and tell him to support our success by supporting Senate Resolution 636.”
Vets for Freedom will spend $1.1 million dollars to run the ad for four weeks according to a press release. After airing for a week in Denver, the spot will run for a week in Minneapolis, Ohio, Michigan and Colorado.