With Mourdock on the Ropes, Votevets.org Action Fund and UFCW Extend television ad taking extreme senate candidate to task for saying he didn’t pledge to support EVERY job in indiana, when indiana veterans needed jobs
ENGLISH, Ind.–(ENEWSPF)–October 25, 2012. With extremist Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock’s campaign on the ropes, the national Veterans group, VoteVets.org, is teaming up with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) to extend the buy of a blistering ad that exposes his extreme views. The ad features an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran taking Mourdock to task for suing to stop the bailout of Chrysler Motors, which would have decimated Indiana’s job market, at a time when the unemployment rate in Indiana was well over 10 percent. The ad, which VoteVets Action Fund previously aired for a week at a cost of $300,000, will now air for an additional week on broadcast and cable, at a cost of $320,000.
The full ad can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmwegIoWUoM.
The ad features Sam Schultz, an Iraq and Afghanistan War Veteran from English, Ind., a former National Guardsman, who himself was unemployed when he returned from Afghanistan.
In the ad, Schultz says, “Before I went to Iraq and Afghanistan, I took a pledge to protect and defend our country. Richard Mourdock sees pledges differently. Mourdock said that he ‘didn’t take a pledge to support every job in Indiana.’ Mourdock sued to stop the Chrysler bailout. He would have killed thousands of jobs here. Jobs that returning veterans, like me, could use.
I know what it’s like to serve with people who have your back. And I can tell you, Richard Mourdock doesn’t have ours.”
Indeed, Mourdock did tell the Indianapolis Star, on October 19, 2010, that he “didn’t take a pledge to support every job in Indiana.” And, in 2009, he brought a suit up to the Indiana Supreme Court, aimed at stopping the bailout of Chrysler. At the time of his suit, according to the Bureau for Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate in Indiana was 10.5 percent. The Center for Automotive Research found that the auto bailout saved 1.45 million jobs.
Founded in 2006, and backed by over 220,000 members, the mission of VoteVets.org is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. VoteVets.org also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans’ interests in their day-to-day lives. VoteVets.org is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world – with force when necessary – to protect America. While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.
The United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) represents more than 1.3 million workers, primarily in the retail and meatpacking, food processing and poultry industries. The UFCW protects the rights of workers and strengthens America’s middle class by fighting for health care reform, living wages, retirement security, safe working conditions and the right to unionize so that working men and women and their families can realize the American Dream. For more information about the UFCW’s effort to protect workers’ rights and strengthen America’s middle class, visit www.ufcw.org, or join our online community at www.facebook.com/UFCWinternational and www.twitter.com/ufcw.