Veterans' group hits Republicans on shutdown in new ad

 ·  Alexandra Jaffe, The Hill   ·   Link to Article

A national veterans advocacy group is launching a national ad that features a veteran chastising Republicans for their role in the shutdown.

The ad, from, comes as Congress enters its tenth day of the government shutdown and both parties remain at an impasse.

It features Redge Raynard, a 90-year-old World War II Navy veteran, addressing the camera and recounting fighting in "epic battles," a reference to a comment Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made about being "locked in an epic battle" over the shutdown.

“Your shutdown is not an epic battle. It’s bad governance. Americans and American Veterans like me depend on the entire government being open," Raynard says. "I served this nation with honor. Today, I can’t say the same about most Republicans in Congress.”

The spot is backed by a relatively small $100,000 buy and will run on national cable, though the group is looking to ultimately expand it. It hinges on the belief, among Democrats, that Republicans will take most of the blame for the shutdown and could ultimately face electoral consequences in 2014 and beyond.


That belief is borne out by polling that's shown a plurality of Americans do blame Republicans for the shutdown, but Democrats and the president take some blame as well. 


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