Obama Needs to Explain How He Helped Wounded Troops
In Sen. Barack Obama’s latest tv ad (running in Wisconsin), “Country I Love,” he touts his record (albeit limited) on taxes, welfare reform, and most interestingly, helping wounded troops. Take a look:
In the ad he says, “That’s why I…extended health care for wounded troops who had been neglected.” To back that up Public Law 110-181 is cited. With a little research at Thomas.gov you find P.L. 110-181 is the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act. Obama wasn’t present for that vote. Getting a bill through the Senate is a tedious process with many different votes, but Obama has to offer some evidence he actually did something to do what he takes credit for doing. His campaign forgot many eyes are watching and digging.
Taking a different angle, James Joyner has a minor problem with Obama playing the poverty card.
[Note: Sen. John McCain also didn't vote on the defense authorization bill, but I don't know of him running a commercial taking credit for items contained in it. I'll update this post if I'm corrected.]