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. J

    Aren't you people as tired as I am of all the wand waving? How are all these plans going to be carried out? We don't just walk in and sing 'coom-by-ya' in Congress. These plans have to satisfy the collective. These are basically the same folks that took away your children's schooling money and health insurance money, knowing that parents couldn't afford to save anything, giving most of our children no option but to enlist in the military. All the while knowing we would need these soldiers because the plan has always been dragging us into a war to defend interests in the Middle East. What are Obama's, Hillary's, and McCain's plans in specific? This congress is lining up again to be an arm wrestling contest from hell. I'd love to vote for ANY candidate that will give to us and deliver those specific plans. We've outgrown the 'fools hat' in this country as voters.

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

    This is just politics, if you are as easlily fooled as Obama-bots you believe this kind of crap. It's going to get worse, there are companys that thrive on stirring controversy. It's up to the individual to ascertain the truth of the matter. Blame whomever you please, but you are responsible for how you interpret the things you see or hear. If you take something as bad, that is because you see it that way. You want to see Obama as the answer to your prayers, that is your right. Just don't expect me to feel the same way.

    February 25, 2008 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  3. Horace P Manure

    And now the creepy part of the story:

    John McCain's present wife is 25 years his junior and dresses like Barbara Bush.

    That's one step away from necrophilia.

    February 25, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  4. California Independent

    Isn't this a group that endorsed Obama. What a surprise they will look at everyone's record but Obama's. They are aware aren't they that Obama wants 'permanent' bases no longer than (hopefully) 10 years. Wow, that Obama wants us out in a hurry.

    Obama isn't only a woos, he's a liar, and he's getting boringly predictable.

    February 25, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  5. TheLeftNut

    Uncle Sam wrote: "John McCain is spearheading victory in Iraq..."

    You're kidding, right? Dude, you are seriously diluded.

    February 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  6. Mike Birmingham, AL

    Keeping America safe?!?!?!

    For McCain and his followers, the definition of "victory in Iraq" is simply staying there.

    Maybe you've hear of "al Qaeda in Iraq"? Didn't exist until we invaded. We are creating more anti-American sentiment and terrorists by the continued occupation of Iraq and diverting attention away from Afghanistan – you know, the place where Osama bin Laden is hiding.

    How is that making us safe?

    February 25, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  7. Marty, Orlando Fl

    We're in this recession partly because of poor decisions & judgement.

    February 25, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  8. Bob

    Everybody knows that John McCain was a P.O.W. in Vietnam and doesn't need some wussy new-age vets criticizing him. Hopefully, everybody can also see that Smearllary Clinton is behind this latest attack.

    February 25, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  9. Paul from Kissimmee

    Do people believe that the threat against never existed? Even though the intel was wrong, many agreed he was developing wmds. Why else would he block weapons inspectors? He even used wmds on his own people. We had no choice. If we leave now, al qaeda will rule Iraq. Do you want that? We should not leave until Iraq is stable. If we leave too soon, it will be a victory for terrorists to know that we are spineless. Clinton made us run from Africa when our blackhawk was shot down. Right after that, bin laden called the United States a paper tiger.

    February 25, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. William

    Yes we need Barak like we need more of these commercials. Perhaps votevets.org should spend their money on helping the poor and those without healthcare rather than hiding behind them.

    February 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  11. MandySue

    Victory in Iraq and Afghanistan means an America for future generations. Those who are too blind to understand this clear and present danger to America will be the one's hollering " Why didn't the gov't protect us?" in 2-3 years when another 9/11 happens.

    February 25, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  12. Ty (from Iraq)

    As a soldier currently stationed in Iraq and proudly serving my country for the second time in Iraq, I disagree 100% with what John McCain is saying. It is true that he is a patriotic man and has served our nation with great honor, but this time Mr. McCain is terribly mistaken. as afr as I cann tell much hasn't changed from when I was stationed here back in 2004. some of the same lawless neighborhoods that many of my buddies died in are still lawless. That the unfortunate part of this situation that Main Stream Media doesn't report to the American people, and the things that McCain and Bush don't want america to know. In my opinion we shoudl leave this country tomorrow and let them deal with their own problem.

    February 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  13. Sondra West

    I read this story with great interest because I am an American who has lived in Cairo, Egypt for 17 years with my husband who works with an American company here. For the Clintons to try and make a big deal out of Obama wearing that traditional attire is absurd. I too, like Obama, am a Christian. Just because he wore that as a good will gesture, doesn't make him anymore a Muslim than it would make me when I do the same out of respect for the many Muslim friends I have made while living here.

    February 25, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. John D.

    Staying in Iraq only fuels the insurgency. The REAL war (read not for oil) is in Afghanistan which is where President Obama will put us to really make us safer. Also, the billions for Iraq are making us less secure at home as McCain et al. fail to address the healthcare, sub-prime mortgage, and economic crises here. Canada is a much better place to live these days.

    February 25, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  15. Will

    McCains 100 year war for what? Oil, to prove a point, to see the casualties go higher, to send billions and billions more to rebuild what this war has torn down and do nothing for the US, yeah sounds like a real fiscal conservative to me McCain.

    February 25, 2008 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  16. Marcia New Jersey

    I am really amazed at some of the people commenting in the Political Ticker.

    Mohamed in VA has a one-line anti-Hillary post and there is absolutely nothing in the article about her.

    What puzzles me about the story, is why they're putting the ad on now instead of waiting for the presidential campaign when he'll be running against someone who disagrees with him.

    February 25, 2008 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  17. Lloyd Hansen

    Oh please. To turn our backs on Iraq now is to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. Liberals know no shame, all they want to do is make sure George W. goes down in history as a terrible president. The funny thing is, the current congress is already going down in history as the worst congress ever.

    February 25, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  18. Bob M.

    Do we want another Bush in the whitehouse, I don't think so. McCain, is a war monger just like Bush. What a terrible disservice this war has done to our country, and he wants to continue it for 100 years or more. He keeps talking al queda, but this war in Iraq, was never about al queda, it was about Bush and his pushing his agenda. He is not for the people, just for republicans and there greedy, deceiving ways.

    OBAMA 08!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    February 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  19. Bob

    McCain actually said 100, 1000, or 10,000, whatever it takes. Odd that these people would single out the middle figure for criticism.

    "We either pull out in year 100 and get universal health insurance, or hold out until the apocalypse in year 10,000, but we are NOT staying for 1000 years, then leaving! McCain '08 SUCKS!"

    February 25, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  20. Anthony

    The terroist of 9/11 were in Pakistan and News flash... The 9/11 terroist are still in Pakistan.

    Wrong Focus
    Wrong War

    Iraq was never about the terroist of 9/11. Never any proof and was not the reasoning for the invasion of Iraq.

    STOP the Insanity!

    February 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  21. YounMale

    Fern-20 Million Dollars for 37 Million Individuals = One Dollar Eighty Five Cents per Individual...probably won't get them out of poverty.

    February 25, 2008 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  22. Grace

    What about Clinton? she also supported this...........now she feels sorry for the soldiers when she is the one that sent them there I hope this agency also sends that message clear that she supported and voted for the war.............

    she and McCain, believe in war their experience shows it............look where their experience have us, everyone in the whole world is Anti American for this..................

    February 25, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  23. deborah63

    what we needed was John Edwards, but what we have left is second and third best......nice going America!

    Thankfully we still have John Edwards and the first lady Elizabeth to continue to lead America out of Iraq, and Into Universal health care and a better economy.

    If only he would run as a independant now.....I wont vote for anyone like barack obama and i don't really want another clinton in the white house
    but .....i will vote clinton over obama if no other choice is offered.

    February 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. Rick

    Leo, where did you get the idea that McCain wants to bring back the draft? Did McCain actually say that he wanted to do so, or did you just pull that idea from your imagination?

    February 25, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. LA

    We can be in Iraq for 10 years, guess what... Al Queda will still plan attacks. They hate our freedom and our way of life, they despise our arrogance, they believe we are the cause of all the killings around the world, they feel we should not exist just as Iran feels Israel should not exist, so I say we get out of Iraq, concentrate of protecting our own boarders and keep an eye on Iran and the other slow thinking countries out there. Spend the money wasted in Iraq to educate our people and prepare for any other prespective enemy of our nation. Iraq will not come to our aide when needed nor will the other arab nations (example: oil prices should be lower since we are protecting them).

    February 25, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
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