Skip to comments.New Group of Viet Vets in Anti-Kerry Ad Push
Posted on 09/06/2004 8:52:36 AM PDT by kattracks
After the stunning success of anti-John Kerry ads produced by the group Swiftboat Veterans for Truth, a separate group of Vietnam veterans is planning to open up a new front - in a move that could leave the Democratic nominee sorry he ever mentioned Vietnam as a campaign issue.
Special Forces veteran Ted Sampley, co-founder with Mike Benge and Jerry Kiley of Vietnam Veterans Against John Kerry, tells Ad Week magazine that his group has launched a local spot buy targeting military family-rich areas in North Carolina. The ads started last week on Fox affiliates in the area, covering key military installations at Camp LeJeune, Marine Corp Air Station Cherry Point and Seymour Johnson AFB.
Sampley tells Ad Week he's currently negotiating further media buys that will reach Fort Bragg and Pope AFB.
While VVAJK has been around for more than a year, the group's entry into the Kerry ad wars is brand new, and could showcase like never before the broad resentment Vietnam veterans feel for Kerry's anti-war activities. with the group Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
Sampley's first ad covers information that's been hushed up by the mainstream press: Kerry's participation in a 1971 VVAW meeting in Kansas City where the assassination of several pro-war U.S. senators was plotted and voted on.
The Kerry campaign at first denied the top Democrat was present, but was forced to retract the claim when the New York Sun unearthed FBI files that placed him at the meeting. Kerry claimed he voted no on the plot and then resigned from the group.
Sampley's 60-second spot blasts the White House hopeful for his leadership role in the organization, calling it "one of America's most radical, pro-Communist, anti-war groups," accusing Kerry of having "marched in demonstrations carrying the flags of the America's enemies, the Vietcong and the North Vietnamese."
The spot also charges that Kerry "used the blood of U.S. service men, still fighting on the battlefields of Vietnam, for his own political advancement."
In a twist that's likely to confound critics, Sampley's group has rejected non-profit status and is not operating as the kind of 527 group that both the Bush and Kerry campaigns have condemned.
Instead, the veteran's advocate says his anti-Kerry ads are for-profit advertising for his newspaper, U.S. Veteran Dispatch.
Time to break out the checkbook again.
Is the ad on the web?
At least now Kerry can boast about his voting record on bills. I think his "no" vote concerning the assasination of senators was the right choice.
I just love this---where do we send contributions?
I wonder if C-Span is going to cover the protest this Sunday by the Veterans against Kerry?
Should we drop them a line at C-Span and say we want to see the coverage.
so, did Kerry resign from the group?
It just keeps getting better.
Ted Sampley was at the rally here in Fayetteville on Aug. 28th when two of Kerry's Swift Boat vets spoke. I got a new sticker for the car "Hanoi John Kerry" and have it proudly displayed on the rear of the car. Ted was also promoting the September 12th gathering in DC of Viet Nam veterans and their families. I have plans to go with one of my friends whose father lives reasonably close.
Ted was also at the rally that was held here in February or March. I can't recall which. He is a man who is very passionate about his new mission.
their site is here:
Ted Sampley if I'm not mistaken is the one who ran into Kerry at the VN Mem Wall in DC this past Mem or Vet day. Sampley showed him the Hanoi John T-Shirt he was wearing under his jacket and Kerry reportedly flipped him the bird. It's believed that photos of the flipper of birds and positions will be released prior to the elecction.
Ad viewable at:
Ted Sampley is the guy who confronted Kerry at the Wall a few months ago. Kerry gave him the finger.
they need to run these adds in battleground states not states like NC
Did he first vote for assassination, then vote against?
Any word on what's next for the Swifties??
Go to the URL posted above and view the spot. I just did and it's pretty good and indisputable.
He was behind attacks on John McCain in 2000, and these will be exposed if his ads achieve any prominence.
He could negate the SwiftVets in the public's mind.
You can see it at their website here.
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