Sen Obama Campaign Releases New Online Ad "Blank Check"

New Hampshire veterans of the Iraq War say Obama has the judgment to turn the page in Iraq

MANCHESTER, NH—The Obama campaign today announced the release of a new online ad that discusses the choice Barack Obama made five years ago to oppose the war in Iraq at a time when others voted to give the President a blank check for war.

The online ad recounts the vote in the U.S. Senate, five years ago today, to give the President authorization to wage war in Iraq and highlights a speech Obama gave in the days leading up to that vote warning that it could lead to “a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.”

“When so many in Congress were beating the drum for war with Iraq, Barack Obama had the judgment to know that it was a bad idea and he had the courage to stand by his convictions and speak out—even though it was politically unpopular to do so. We need a leader with that kind of judgment and courage to get us out of Iraq the right way.” –Will Dismukes, SMSgt. (Ret.) USAF

“Five years ago, Congress lined up behind George Bush to authorize the war—but Barack Obama had the judgment to stand up and say it was a bad idea. He predicted that we’d have a war of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences—and tragically, he was exactly right. That same judgment and courage are the qualities we need in a President to end this war.” –Ryan McCarthy, SSG, NH Army National Guard

Barack Obama is the only major candidate to oppose the war in Iraq from the beginning. He outlined a comprehensive plan to end the war responsibly in a speech on September 12. You can read his full plan here.

To view the ad, click: http://www.barackobama.com/blankcheck