Freedom’s Watch Releases New Advertisement in Support of Victory in Iraq

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WASHINGTON – Declaring in a new ad that “ is losing its battle because the forces of freedom are winning theirs,” Freedom’s Watch earlier this month released a new advertisement that supports the recent conclusion of Congressman Brian Baird, D-W.Va., that the U.S. military is having success in the War on Terror.

That’s especially the case in Iraq, the group said.

Baird was attacked in his district last week in ads by for his statement that the military status in Iraq is improving.

“It’s really misguided and harmful what is doing,” said Bradley A. Blakeman, president of Freedom’s Watch. “To see them attacking a Democrat representative for simply saying the troops in Iraq are having success is really disturbing. Are they rooting against the United States winning? Victory is possible, and it’s the only option for America.”

Baird, who voted against the original Iraq war resolution in 2002, now says he opposes efforts to back away from the troop surge and opposes a specific timeline for withdrawing U.S. troops.

“On matters of this importance, I believe I must speak and act based on what I believe is in the best interest of our nation regardless of political advertisements or partisan interests,” he said.

In an interview with the Seattle Post Intelligencer Baird continued, “Based on personal visits to the region, I believe the dynamics on the ground in Iraq are changing for the better and, while there are still multiple and serious challenges, and while the course is uncertain and dangerous, the changes I have seen warrant continued support of current actions through next spring.”

“Our brave men and women are fighting this War on Terror one minute at a time, everyday, and we need to make sure they have our full support and that victory is our only goal,” Blakeman said.

The ads begia airing this week in the Vancouver, Wash., market and will run for several weeks. The Freedom”s Watch ad buy will be at least 150 percent the size of the attack ad buy, which was $20,000.

In the spot Baird is seen joining other prominent Democrats and Republicans such as Jim Marshall, D-Ga., John Barrow. D-Ga., John Kyle, R-Ariz., and Lindsay Graham, R-S.C., as well as injured Iraq veteran Sgt. John Kriesel in support of victory in Iraq.

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