February 25th, 2008
01:45 PM ET
15 years ago

Votevets.org targets McCain on Iraq

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i.l.cnn.net/cnn/2008/images/02/25/are.votevets.org.jpg caption=" A new ad from VoteVets.org is targeting McCain."](CNN) - The anti-Iraq war group VoteVets.org is taking aim at John McCain over his Iraq war stance in a new television ad launching later this week.

The ad, to begin running in the Washington, DC area on Thursday, features veteran Rose Forrest, who served in Iraq for 12 months.

"John McCain says it's ok with him if the U.S. spends the next 1,000 years in Iraq," she says in the ad.

Then, picking up her infant son, Forrest says, "What kind of commitment are you making to him? How about a thousand years of affordable healthcare, or a thousand years of keeping America safe. Could you afford that for my child, Sen. McCain, or have you already agreed to spend trillions in Baghdad?"

The 30-second spot is set to run for two days, though it may expand beyond that to other markets. The McCain campaign has not responded to a request for comment on the ad.

News of the ad comes the same day VoteVets, along with several other organizations including MoveOn.org, SEIU, and Americans United for Change launched a nationwide campaign to defeat Republican members of Congress, and link the cost of the Iraq war with the country's economic downturn.

Former presidential candidate John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, touted the nationwide effort in a conference call with reporters Monday morning.

"People don't understand why we're spending $500 billion and counting in Iraq at the same time that we've got 40 million-plus Americans who don't have any healthcare coverage, 37 million living in poverty, people terrified about being able to pay their bills," Edwards said. "All of these things are made much worse by concern about what's happening in Iraq."

The groups said they were prepared to spend $20 million on television advertisements between now and November that take aim at McCain and at least 50 members of Congress.

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: John McCain
soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. rrlaw

    100 years/1000 years... Does it really matter? We've spent millions on this and these people will keep killing each other. As a Veteran I can say that us being there is not going to stop the 100s of years of hatred. They hate each other, they hate us...
    The idiot who said "we will snatch defeat from the jaws of victory" if we pull out needs to wake up. The only reason "the surge" has "worked" was because we flooded the streets with troops; unless we plan to have 150,000 troops there permanently the minute we give them space they will start to kill our remaining troops and kill each other. I just returned and although it has gotten a bit better it's still is a bad situation, if we want a chance to even sort of fix the situation we'll probably need to stay 1000 years with the surge there.
    McCain isn't going to clean the Bush mess just make it worse.

    February 25, 2008 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  2. Frank, San Diego

    Way to go, VoteVets! Run that ad non-stop until November!

    February 25, 2008 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  3. John

    400 billion spent killing Iraqi kids Veto money for American Kids health the John Mcbush policy

    February 25, 2008 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  4. Independent-Latina-voter, Salt Lake City, UT

    Brilliant ad! Someone should do an ad featuring ALL out wounded veterans of this ill-begotten war, that's what Bush's legacy is. Wounded soldiers and the ones that have died. Bush has blood on his hands.

    We need to send a loud message to the Republicans, YOU MESSED UP! We are in debt, our young people are dying, we've had enough!

    OBAMA 08

    February 25, 2008 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  5. CJ Iraq War Vet

    We need to share the sacrifice and have a draft, like in Vietnam- since McCain keeps up bringing up Vietnam! When other people's kids are involved, there will be a protest march on the mall to end this occupation and exploitation of our troops as civil war referees- like myself! Victory? Referees don't win or come out victorious. Mission Accomplished??
    We ALL support the troops, but a draft will be the ultimate support. 140,000 troops and equipment can do only so many rotations and last so long.... I like the Straight Talk McCain, not the Bushie McCain. He sold out (war profiteering??)! Just a thought....Veterans have donated the MOST to the campaigns of Ron Paul and Barack Obama.....both support ending the war.

    February 25, 2008 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  6. K

    Wow, there are some angry people that should get their blood pressure checked on here! "Go to Hell McCain"?? I think he's been there and back, buddy! Somehow I don't think most of you could come anywhere close to enduring what he has. If he can overcome the pain he suffered and come out a good, positive, productive person, why can't the people that post on here have some semblance of civility living a mundane little life through a computer? Be nice, it's a lot better than harboring the mean-spirited thoughts most of you have in your hate-filled heads!

    February 25, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
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