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The Vets for Freedom is a 20,000-member, nonpartisan organization established by combat veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and they will be launching a million dollar plus TV campaign geared to showing the general public the progress and successes being seen in Iraq.
The Vets for Freedom has always said they will stand with anyone, Democrat or Republican and stands with the troops and their mission to victory.
Now they will be launching this campaign called "Four Months, For Victory" with see ads airing in key swing states like, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Wisconsin.
Here are excerpts of the advisory Vets for Freedom will be sending the media:
"WHO/WHAT: On July 9, Vets for Freedom will hold a press conference featuring over a dozen Iraq war veterans to launch a national "Four Months, For Victory" media and grass-roots campaign. The effort will culminate on Veterans Day (November 11) and is intended to inform the American public and key lawmakers about the phenomenal success that our troops have achieved as a result of the surge and the importance of ensuring victory in Iraq, Afghanistan and the overall Global war on Terrorism.
"The launch includes a multimillion-dollar television-advertising buy in target markets and on national cable that will air this week and run throughout July and August. The first television ad will be released at the press conference featuring the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans appearing in the ad. These pointed ads are aimed at informing the American people about the truth regarding progress in Iraq.
"Simultaneously, Vets for Freedom will mobilize our grass-roots veteran membership throughout the country to spread the "ground truth" about progress in Iraq. The "Four Months, For Victory" campaign is a national grass-roots effort taking place in all 50 states, but will aggressively focus on 12 key states that are home to key lawmakers: MN, IA, WI, MI, PA, NV, NM, MO, CO, OH, FL and VA.
These ads will overwhelmingly end up helping John McCain at a time when Barack Obama just tried to hedge his bets about Iraq timelines for withdrawing our troops, which created a firestorm throughout the liberal blogosphere which forced him to call a second press conference the same day and deny that he was "refining" his Iraq withdrawal plans.
These ads are also coming at a time when recent polls are showing that Obama is not only losing more support from Clinton supporters but has lost numbers with all registered Democrats in comparison with polls done by the same organizations a month earlier.
His recent decision to go against his far left based in regards to FISA, his changing position on second amendment, death penalty for child rapist and most recently his words on abortion...etc, his sharp turn to the right to appeal to moderates and Independents seems to have angered his progressive base and lessened that highly touted enthusiasm that his supporters once had.
On a side note it looks like another problem facing Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) is that they are showing that they have a hard time budgeting their own convention finances...which makes one wonder how on earth they expect the general public to trust them with the whole economy.
Some of the Democratic missteps started almost immediately after planning for the event began. The Democratic National Convention Committee decided not to take cheap office space and and instead rented top-quality offices in downtown Denver at $100,000 a month, only to need less than half the space, which it then filled with rental furniture at $50,000 a month. And in a costly misstep, the Denver host committee, early on, told corporate donors that their contributions were not tax-deductible, rather than to encourage donations by saying that the tax-exempt application was pending and expected to be approved.
Overly ambitious environmental goals — to turn the event into a “green” convention — have backfired as only three states’ full delegations have so far agreed to participate in the program. Negotiations over where to locate demonstrators remain unsettled with members of the national news media concerned over proposals to locate the demonstrators — with their loud gatherings — next to the media tent.
And then there is the food: A 28-page contract requested by Denver organizers that caterers provide food in “at least three of the following five colors: red, green, yellow, blue/purple and white.” Garnishes could not be counted toward the colors. No fried foods would be allowed. Organic and locally grown foods were mandated, and each plate had to be 50 percent fruits and vegetables. As a result, caterers are shying away.
For the Democratic Party, the danger is that a poorly run convention, or one that misses the mark financially, will reflect badly on the party, and raise questions about Democratic management skills. And more worrisome for the Obama campaign is that it will be left with the bill for cost overruns or fund-raising shortfalls, and that the candidate will have to compete in raising money against a convention effort desperate for cash.
The article goes on to point out that the Democrats are behind in their fundraising leaving them "about $11 million short of the $40.6 million needed to stage the event — even before cost overruns were taken into consideration."
The Vets for Freedom $1 million campaign will be very big help to McCain, since he was the one that initially pushed for the surge, well before Bush ever implemented it, and the successful nature of that surge brought to the forefront on television screens across America will show a stark contrast between John McCain and Barack with Obama being the one that wants to quit while our troops are winning, simply to appease his far left base.
Remember, Obama has stated, on his website that he wants an immediate withdrawal from Iraq.... he does this without having sat down to be briefed by General Pteraeus, refusing to meet with veterans that wish to discuss this with him and not having been to Iraq in over 2 years to see the progress for himself.
[Update] The Caucus has a little more on these ads:
Update: Mr. Hegseth, the group’s chairman, provided some additional details about the upcoming advertising campaign.
The group has purchased an initial $1.5 million in advertising time over the next two weeks, with the commercials broadcasting on national cable, as well as in Michigan, Nevada, Virginia, Ohio and Colorado.
The commercial does not explicitly mention Mr. Obama or Mr. McCain, but the end of the advertisement does contain a jab at Mr. Obama’s message about change, with several veterans declaring for the camera: ‘We changed strategy in Iraq and the surge worked. Now that’s change you can believe in.”
But Mr. Hegseth insisted his group is not seeking to boost anyone: “These are meant to drive a message, ‘The surge has worked. We need to finish the job.’”
Love the "Change you can believe in line". HEH