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

Votevets.org targets McCain on Iraq

 A new ad from VoteVets.org is targeting McCain.

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. Uncle Sam

    John McCain is spearheading victory in Iraq so that future generations of Americans will be safe from harm.

    February 25, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  2. Fernandez

    Spending $500bn in Iraq does not make sense, but this group spending $20MM on ads does not make sense either. If we have 37MM people living in poverty, the $20MM will take them all out of poverty.

    February 25, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  3. cp

    I am a democrat but I do not support this ad. McCain never said the war will take 1000 years, he said 100 years. This is why I do not like politics. The less informed might believe this lie when they see it on TV.


    February 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Norma Burney

    The fact that Ralpoh Nader is entering this presidential race is a disgrace. He is a spiteful and rotten person and probably a Republican in disguise.

    February 25, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  5. KMAN

    Yeah, keep telling that fairy tale to yourself Uncle Sam ... can you explain to us how you and McRelic define "victory"?

    February 25, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  6. bad idea

    Go Mccain...I don't care what this activist said about you or Iraq,you are doing a good thing by standing by the decision on Iraq.most American do not travel or lives in any part of the world.They are pampered to the extend that they did not know how to appreciated the meaning of Freedom.I been living in most part of the world,Freedom and constitional rights doesn';t come easy for most country.we can;t live in harmony if Terrorist plans to attcked you,how safe will our children be?

    February 25, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  7. Patrick

    John McCain was taken completely out of context with the 100 years statement (I don't know where that lady is getting 1,000 years except from her mind). He was comparing how we've been in Japan and Germany for 50 years and no one is calling for withdrawl from there. It's the casualties that matter not our presence. Yes McCain wants us to stay their till the situation gets better, so what that's his right to say what he thinks is in the best interest of our country. If you don't agree with him that's okay too, but you don't have to resort to lowball tactics like suggesting that he doesn't care about your kid b/c he wants us to win a war that we're in. These type of tactics are old and dirty and cause people to flock toward the candidate they are supposed to be criticizing.

    February 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  8. Osama Akhtar

    Victory in Iraq(HIGHLY unlikely) but defeat in America. More unemployment, increase in ileegal immigration, HIGH health care, increase in NAFTA and MEDICARE-like organizations, high gas prices, tax cuts for the rich, economic recession, unsafe border, high electricity costs, thousands of foreclosures, increase in direspect and mockery of America worldwide, increase in pollution, increase in energy and oil dependency, highly likely vulnerable military, etc. etc.

    Sure. We can achieve 'victory' in Iraq but create thousands of more problems. Way to go, McCain!

    Atlanta, GA

    February 25, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  9. Gorbashov, Long Beach, Ca.


    Future generations are less safe because of this monumental blunder that is the Uneccessary War of Choice in Iraq. This occupation is the best recruiting tool that Al Queda could ever hope for!

    We need a smart foreign policy not one based on willfull ignorance!

    You can put lipstick on a pig, but it's still a pig!

    Wake up and smell the failed leadership, Uncle!

    February 25, 2008 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  10. jean

    And this is the reason why we need Barack to put down mccain!

    February 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  11. Quixote

    Is Uncle Sam trolling? Methinks yes.


    February 25, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  12. Leo

    the war has pulled America down because of the billions spent there
    which could be better spent on health care, and the economy, beefing up ports and borders and airports and screening better who comes into the country.
    Believe me McCain is the type who would NOT think twice about bringing back the DRAFT!!!
    America needs to vote for someone who is not focused on WAR

    February 25, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  13. randall

    so that america could be threatened by radical views that push for the destruction of democracy jean? yea, good luck.

    February 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  14. andrew jones

    McCain and his lobbyist war of a 1000 years. I can see that his American patriotism is to the ms. Iseman of this world.


    February 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. Mohamed ,VA

    Wow, Hillary Clinton is a terrible, terrible person.

    February 25, 2008 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Cindy

    I don't like ads like these. It's fear mongering.

    I don't support the war, but I don't believe you can simply pull out of Iraq either. There's a lot of damage repair that needs to be done. To our economy, to the Iraqi people, to the region, to our reputation. You can't simply say "Let's move out."

    I actually support Mike Huckabee's way of thinking on this issue. Back in the fall, he talked about the US being a role model for restraint, by the matter in which we conduct ourselves.

    We've conducted ourselves very poorly thus far. This ad continues that conduct.

    February 25, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  17. Jmf

    Obama needs to get over it. If there is information, pictures, or hearsay.. it WILL be made public. He is only getting a taste of what the republican party will do to him. No one remembers the TN senate race, just only a few years ago... now that was UGLY.

    February 25, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  18. W.D.Russell, East Liverpool, Ohio

    People need to understant that the invasion and even worse, the occupation, was the single stupidist decision any president ever made.

    February 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  19. John

    The dems took McCain out of context.

    McCain never said he was for war in Iraq for 100 years.

    He was referring to having a diplomatic presence for 100 years.

    McCain said today the war will be over soon.

    McCain has a plan for success. To keep turning over areas to the Iraq security forces and bringing our troops home.

    February 25, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  20. mk

    So, does McCain have any answers to these questions?
    NO..why?? Because he isn't McCain he is the clone of George Bush.
    More Of The Same!!!

    February 25, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  21. Jmf

    Obama needs to get used to it. He's going to be raked over the coals by the republicans. No one seems to remember the senate race in TN, now that was UGLY

    February 25, 2008 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  22. Mark

    They are willing to spend 20 million on ads against McCain? Why don't they put that money toward making healthcare more affordable, or towards advertising for healthcare? Why don't they put that money towards making America safe? Leaving the terrorists alone is not going to make anyone safer. What a waste....

    February 25, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  23. Ben

    John McCain..doesn't seem to have his own ideas about the war and economics! He aint got what it takes to be a president.

    February 25, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  24. Texasboo

    GOBAMA!!! I love this ad and it speaks to the hearts of the American people. More ads like this need to go out so we can see the devastation of McBush's war.


    February 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  25. Charles

    More veterans need to take a good look at how he is planning to deal with the ongoing war in Iraq. Senator McCain is just the poster boy for the republican party's failed attempt to get a real challenger to the Democrat's call for change. Senator McCain used poor judgement in the Savings and Loan scandal, divorcing Carol, voting for the Iraq War, friendships with lobbyist, enlisting into the FEC and the list will get longer as the "dirt " is uncovered. McCain just needs to go back to Arizona and try to be a good elected official for the remainder of his term. GO Democrats – GO OBAMA!

    February 25, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
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