Some Wisconsin military veterans show their support for Obama, after veterans for McCain spoke up last week.
Speaking on the capitol square in Madison, state Senator Mark Miller says Senator John McCain's campaign is airing a misleading and negative ad about Senator Barack Obama's commitment to the troops and this country's national security. The former military pilot who served almost 30 years in the Wisconsin Air National Guard, says he wants to set the record straight.
"Senator Obama has always been very clear that he's committed to getting our men and women in uniform out of Iraq safely and responsibly so we can focus on the most urgent threats that our country faces."
Miller says Obama always believed the war on terror belongs in Afghanistan, and he's committed to strengthening our alliances with other nations to win the global war on terror.
David Boetcher, who served 27 years in the Wisconsin National Guard, says McCain talks the talk, but it's time to truly support the veterans. "Senator McCain is … without question he's a war hero. He served well; He served exemplary in the duty he did, but that was many years ago. Since then he seems to have lost track of what it means and what happens to veterans when they return home."
Boetcher compares voting records of McCain and Obama and how their votes affect men and women in the military, including funding, healthcare and VA hospitals and the new GI bill.
Veterans for McCain say the U.S. can't afford to simply give up on Iraq. Pulling out the troops would undo the progress made, and it would make Iraqis vulnerable to terrorists. His supporters say McCain's military service makes him best qualified to be the commander in chief.
Monday's media event was one of many for Obama and McCain across the country.