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Ad Focused on Military Spending to Air during Tonight's Debate

The American Security Project and the American Values Network are premiering the first in a series of ads about how the military spends its money during tonight's Republican presidential debate on CNN. The ad, which will run in the Washington area and in early primary states, says Congress and the military need to adapt programs to meet the challenges posed by current enemies instead of continuing to fund a nuclear strategy that has grown obsolete in the years since the Cold War.

The ad says that some in Congress want to continue spending money on "old, outdated Cold War nuclear programs, forcing the Pentagon to go without modern defense programs our troops need to face 21st century threats." It concludes: "Our troops need help fighting terrorists, not Soviets."

The groups did not release the cost of the ad buy. The ad will run in New Hampshire, Iowa, South Carolina, Nevada and Florida in addition to the Washington metro area.

The organizations view the series of ads as a conversation starter about the future of military spending, which is especially relevant given the issues raised by cutting the defense budget.

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