Obey, Cleland Speak Out Against Republican Ad That Distorts Ohio Democrat's Record
Several Democrats are speaking out against a new advertisement that claims Rep. Sherrod Brown, the Democratic nominee for Senate in Ohio, voted against better body armor, vehicle armor and housing for U.S. troops in Iraq.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee ad distorts Brown's record. While Brown voted against a Republican-sponsored bill in 2003 that included provisions for better armor and living conditions, he did vote for an alternative bill sponsored by Rep. David Obey (D-WI).
Brown says he opposed the Republican-sponsored bill because it didn't keep tabs on the spending while the government was giving no-bid contracts to Vice President Dick Cheney's former employer, Halliburton.
Now Obey and former Sen. Max Cleland (D-GA) are speaking out on behalf of Brown.
"I've seen this movie before. I've seen what distortions can do,"Cleland said Friday."It beat me in 2002, and I hope the voters of Ohio don't buy it."
Cleland, a senator from 1997 to 2003, lost both legs and an arm in an explosion while serving in Vietnam. But in his unsuccessful re-election bid, Republican Saxby Chambliss ran an advertisement that morphed Cleland's image into Saddam Hussein's.
The ad also distorted Cleland's record by suggesting Cleland was against homeland security, when in fact he had supported the creation of a Department of Homeland Security before the Bush Administration did. The ad angered some Vietnam veterans, including Sens. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) and John McCain (R-AZ).