WASHINGTON -- On Capitol Hill, when it comes to funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army boot is on the other foot, so to speak.
Democrats are planning a series of ads for the July 4 weekend aimed at Republicans who voted against President Obama's more than $100 billion war spending bill -- a bit f reverse deja vu. The new ads mimic the spots Republicans, who held power under President Bush, ran against anti-war Democrats, including Massachusetts Senator John Kerry when he ran for president in 2004.
Politico reports that the targets are Republicans seen as vulnerable in '10: Representatives Ken Calvert and Dan Lundgren of California, Charlie Dent and Jim Gerlach of Pennsylvania, Mike McCaul of Texas, Lee Terry of Nebraska and Joe Wilson of South Carolina.
The script for the radio ads begins with classic descriptions of Independence Day: parades, picnics and fireworks, according to Political Then the ad describes how July 4 "is about remembering those who fought for our freedoms. And those still fighting today."
The ad aimed at Lee Terry describes how "when George Bush asked, Congressman Terry voted to fully fund our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. And, last year he said, quote, 'We must give our military every resource it needs.' Seems like Congressman Terry is playing politics now … Last month Congressman Terry voted AGAINST funding for those same troops.
It’s true: vote number 348 – you can look it up."
“Republicans never hesitated to criticize those who voted against the previous supplemental bills that included funding for the troops, but now that they are trying to score political points, Republicans’ votes have conveniently changed,” said Jon Vogel, chairman of the Democratic congressional campaign committee.
Meanwhile, Obama issued a statement after signing the bill. The war in Afghanistan, in particular, "demands urgent attention. The Taliban is resurgent and al Qaeda is increasing its attacks from its safe haven along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
"The funding provided in this Act," Obama said, "will ensure that the full force of the United States is engaged in an overall effort to defeat al Qaeda and uproot this safe haven."
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