Producer: Next Generation Advertising
Vets For Freedom: "Some In Washington"
Running Time: 00:30
Debut Date: 07/16/2008
Ad Buy: Michigan, New Mexico, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia
Cost: $1.5 million
Summary: Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cite evidence that the surge worked despite the doubts some lawmakers expressed.
Script of "Some In Washington" (TV)
KATE NORLEY: Some in Washington told us the war was lost.
(Text on screen: Iraq War Vet, Reisterstown, MD; "I believe...that this war is lost." Senator Harry Reid (D-NV), CBS/AP 4/19/07)
NATHAN MARTIN: Others said the surge would fail.
(Text on screen: Iraq War Vet, Mansfield, OH; "It is a course that will not succeed." Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), Huffington Post 9/13/07)
WILL BENNETT: But while they argued...
(Text on screen: Iraq War Vet, Avon Park, FL)
JASON MESZAROS: ...we continued to fight.
(Text on screen: Afghanistan War Vet, St. Michael, MN; "[The Surge]...is wrong." Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), Senate Foreign Relations Committee Hearing 1/11/07)
LEE CROGNALE: Today, even the harshest critics agree: The surge worked.
(Text on screen: Iraq War Vet, Powell, OH)
BEN HAYDEN: The surge worked.
(Text on screen: Iraq War Vet, Des Moines, IA)
JOSH ZISSLER: Al Qaeda has been decimated.
(Text on screen: Iraq War Vet, Dexter, MI; The Washington Post, 5/31/08, "essentially defeated."
WILL BENNETT: And the Iraqi government grows stronger each day.
JASON MESZAROS: These are the facts.
KATE NORLEY: They cannot be denied.
LEE CROGNALE: While some may not like this war...
JOSH ZISSLER: ... those who fought it...
BEN HAYDEN: ... know we can't afford to lose.
KATE NORLEY: We need to finish the job.
JASON MESZAROS: We need to finish the job.
WILL BENNETT (v/o): No matter who is president.
(Text on screen: Vets For Freedom; www.vetsforfreedom.org; Paid For By Vets For Freedom)