The McCain-Palin campaign on Friday released its latest radio ad, titled “Cuts,” which warns that if Barack Obama is elected president, nothing will stop congressional Democrats from cutting defense spending, which will mean many lost jobs in Virginia.
The ad, released only in Virginia, features Sen. John Warner, R-Va., the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, zeroing in on the proposal by Barack Obama’s Congressional allies to cut defense spending by 25 percent.
Virginia Business magazine has reported that the Old Dominion has the second-largest number of Department of Defense employees and military personnel in the country. The Department of Defense employs 245,000 civilians, active-duty personnel, reserves and National Guard in Virginia. Only California boasts more.
Rep. Barney Frank, the Democrat from Massachusetts and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, is so confident of an Obama victory on Nov. 4 that he is already busily setting the legislative table for drastic cuts in defense spending.
A recent Standard-Times report quotes Frank: “I was teasing [U.S. Rep.] Jack Murtha [a key supporter of military budgets] and I said to him, ‘For the first time, somebody else has got a bill that’s almost as big as yours.’ We don’t need all these fancy new weapons. I think there needs to be additional review.’”
A script of the ad that will air in Virginia starts with the voice of Warner.
Sen. John Warner: Hello, this is Senator John Warner. Hampton Roads is home to the world’s largest military facilities. Barack Obama’s liberal colleagues in Congress announced they will cut defense spending by 25 percent.
Fellow Virginians, cuts in the defense budget will weaken Virginia’s economy and weaken national defense. John McCain is a true fighter. He’ll champion Tidewater’s leading role in our nation’s defense.
Announcer: Newspapers document Congressional liberals have announced a plan to cut defense spending by 25 percent after the election. It would mean huge job losses right here in Tidewater. Independent studies prove it will mean fewer jobs. Fewer benefits for more communities in the middle of a recession. That’s the Congressional liberals’ plan if you give them your vote.
Up for grabs are Virginia’s 13 electoral votes. President Bush prevailed in Virginia in both the 2000 and 2004 races.
Obama held a rally in Virginia Beach on Thursday, and Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin made three visits to Virginia on Monday. McCain will hold a final Virginia rally in Springfield on Saturday.
The latest Virginia poll Released by Rasmussen Reports shows Barack Obama at 51 percent, John McCain 47 percent.
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