Published August 03 2007
Coleman gets ad support for group
The group, Vets for Freedom, would not say how much it is spending on the ads.
“It thanks him for his support thus far for the mission in Iraq,” said Pete Hegseth, who heads the national group of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and is a Minnesota native.
Minnesota GOP spokesman Mark Drake said the ad will provide balance in the public discussion of the war.
“After a barrage of negative attack ads from far-left special interest groups against Senator Coleman, a new voice with a new perspective isn’t a bad thing,” Drake said. “While some like Al Franken want to recklessly cut off funding for our troops, Senator Coleman’s principled and thoughtful leadership is the right approach.”
Democrats, on the other hand, were happy that the ad campaign would reinforce Coleman’s support for President Bush’s war strategy.
“This is what we’ve been trying to do for a long time,” said Minnesota DFL Chairman Brian Melendez. “It’s an honest ad. I won’t say I couldn’t have put together a better ad if I’d wanted to, but I almost would have paid for this.”
Coleman has opposed Democratic plans for setting a withdrawal timeline. However, he has argued for a new strategy of training and counterinsurgency which he said would allow a large drawdown of U.S. troops by next year.
Hegseth said his group has bought spots on “This Week,” “Fox News Sunday” and “Meet the Press” this coming Sunday.
One was paid for by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the other by Americans United for Change, a labor-backed group that said it spent upward of $100,000.