07/14/2008 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Pro-War Vet Group Helps McCain With Battleground State Ads

The pro-war veterans group Vets For Freedom is airing ads in battleground states in support of the war, the Washington Post reports:

Sen. John McCain is getting battleground-state help this week from Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who will appear in a television commercial aimed at convincing the public that the United States is winning the Iraq war and should stay to finish the job.

Produced by Vets for Freedom, an organization of veterans of the two wars, the ad will run in Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and on cable nationwide. The group, with about 20,000 members, will spend $1.5 million on what it says is the first of many spots during the next month.

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The ad features eight veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan and the mother of a soldier in Iraq. "We changed strategy in Iraq," one of the soldiers says in the ad. "And the surge worked. Now that's change we can believe in. We need to finish the job. . . . No matter who is president."


McCain recently borrowed an anti-Obama line from a Vets For Freedom ad. Senators Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman were forced to leave Vets For Freedom because of their roles in the McCain campaign.