October 1st, 2008
01:55 PM ET
11 years ago

Vets group attacks Obama in ad

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(CNN) –- A veterans group that has run ads against Democrat Barack Obama in several battleground states is the Democratic nominee in a new multi-million dollar ad campaign that accuses him of caring more about his campaign than about troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"Barack Obama skipped 45 percent of Senate votes, but did manage to show up to vote against emergency funding for our troops,” the narrator says in the new 30-second spot from Veterans for Freedom. “Obama was chairman of the committee overseeing the fight against Al Qaeda in Afghanistan but never held a single hearing. “...Obama found time to make 45 trips to Iowa but only two trips to Iraq."

The new ad was set to debut in California Wednesday, and the group plans to spend $2.2 million to keep it on the air for the next nine days.

Obama’s campaign has objected to the charge that he voted against funding the troops, saying the Illinois senator voted against an Iraq supplemental spending bill that did not include a withdrawal timeline, but supported one that did. McCain voted against that Iraq funding bill, instead supporting one that did not include a timeline.

The Democrat’s campaign has also objected to the charge that the subcommittee he chairs failed to conduct proper oversight of the situation in Afghanistan, and that those hearings were handled through the full Senate Foreign Relations Committee. That committee is chaired by Obama’s running mate, Delaware Senator Joe Biden.

Veterans for Freedom’s 527 arm, which directed much of its 2006 ad spending, lists just a handful of donors this year — the bulk of the group’s budget is now handled out of its non-profit 501 (c) arm, which does not have to disclose its donors under current federal campaign finance regulations. The group has aired several anti-Obama ads this year.

Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama
soundoff (98 Responses)
  1. Verouca Salt

    Veterans For Freeedom is nothing but a ruse. Poll the entire retired military population, and I'd bet my 401K that the majority of them have NO RESPECT for Senator McCain, as he has shown disdain & total lack of support for veterans returning home from battle.

    October 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Ken

    Apparently the troops are smart enough to know who will bring REAL disaster to America instead of the fabricated disaster from the democRATS and the media.

    McCain was a prisoner of war longer that Obama's been in the Senate!!

    Priceless!! Yet this is the man you want to put in charge of the nation!!

    Wait, wait, tell me again about how Palin isn't qualified, that always makes me laugh. Keep it up dems.

    McCain/Palin 08!!!!

    October 1, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  3. Mel in GA

    As a Navy Vet "I DO NOT APPROVE THIS AD" it is full of distortions!!!

    October 1, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  4. Maggie VT

    And how many votes did John McCain miss???

    October 1, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  5. Amy

    Swift boat politics here we come! Maybe those vets should ask McCain why he didn't support the new GI Bill, or will the McCain campaign spin it to portray the new GI Bill as bad for vets? I thought McCain promised to run a clean campaign...but I guess that went out the window when his poll numbers started to slide. Just another politician we can't trust.

    October 1, 2008 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    There are just as many vets for Obama as McCain. I'm sure if you ask those who are in the military who is looking out for their best interest and I'm sure a great number of them will say Senator Obama.

    October 1, 2008 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |

    WOW I bet most of his votes were voted as present!!!!!!!!!!

    Get ready America if Obama wins we will all need second jobs to pay all the taxes.

    October 1, 2008 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  8. HouseDiva

    why didn't those same vets run an ad about how the bush administration slashed veterans benefits and health care, and how McSame will continue bush's plan?

    why didn't those same vets make an ad about Walter Reed?

    October 1, 2008 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  9. The Conservative

    McCain mis 65% . What is the point of this?

    October 1, 2008 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Sally from Cali

    This is like the pot calling the kettle black.

    And how many votes has McCain missed? He's missed more than the senator who's out for medical reasons.

    And Palin has the nerve to imply the Biden is old.

    October 1, 2008 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. HouseDiva

    My father, brother, and sister are vets, and the all support Obama!

    October 1, 2008 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  12. pat C.


    October 1, 2008 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. georgia

    Let's hear about McCain's propoganda work while a POW.He wants that hidden ,Kinda like what he does to Sarah.

    October 1, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  14. Sarah Bell

    Here come the swiftboats....can you hear them? Can you hear them??? Nope, cause they're falling on deaf ears. Listen now you war mongering neo-con McCain supporters. NO MATTER HOW HARD YOU TRY, YOU CAN'T STOP US NOW. YOU CAN'T. THIS IS OUR TIME. OUR MOMENT. YES WE CAN.

    October 1, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. P O O P I E


    W H I L E,,,,,,,,,,,A B S E N T

    October 1, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. Jeff Brown

    Just another slimy attack ad from the desperate GOP (Greedy Old Pigs)!

    October 1, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  17. jm from sc

    There are McCain supporters in the military also. These guys should be proud that Obama voted against a funding bill that did not include a timeline. One thing people must realize is that Obama will not vote for some a bill with a hidden agenda in the form of fine print.

    Obama/biden 08

    October 1, 2008 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  18. CO

    Afghanistan was handled under the Main Committee by agreement. Hearings under the sub-committee would have been redundant. Obama's already explained this numerous times.

    October 1, 2008 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  19. Nia Hussein- Phoenix, AZ

    I don't think that want to go there when the last time Mccain ahowed up to vote was April 8th for the 2nd year in a row he holds the worst senate attendence record...
    John McCain missed 65% of the votes in the Senate last year while he was pretending to represent the state of Arizona. McCain's pathetic Senate voting record last year was the second worst in the Senate, only Senator Tim Johnson had a worse voting record..and he was recovering from brain surgery.
    So far mccain has misses over 100 votes this year
    And FYI he has the worst veteren voting records there is

    October 1, 2008 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  20. MNcombatVetforobama

    Those of you so called veterans hiding behind this screed should be ashamed. If you are infact true warriors, show your self and make and defend your accusations in the light of day, not in some dark recesses making up this crap. McCain has missed many more veteran votes than Obama, and his sorry attempt to deep six the new GI bill was nothing short of disgraceful. Ask the disabled vets coming home from Iraq and Afganistan who would they prefere taking real care of them. I bet you were all a bunch of supply clerks.......................!!

    October 1, 2008 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  21. Kurt

    Okay, let's release McCain's POW documents to the public.

    Tell the truth this time.

    October 1, 2008 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. Kurt

    Yah, I said it.

    I am a Vietnam Veteran and I want to know what McCain told the North Vietnamese.

    October 1, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  23. Delores Williams

    Good for them, since Obama keeps trying to make it seem he is all for vets. Yet another case of Obama saying one thing and doing another.

    October 1, 2008 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
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