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Michael Baumgartner ad criticizes Maria Cantwell for supporting Afghan War. Also blames “cowardice from both parties in D.C.”

Post by Peter Callaghan / The News Tribune on Oct. 24, 2012 at 10:23 am | No Comments »
October 24, 2012 2:02 pm

It remains a low-budget campaign, especially compared to his opponent, but Michael Baumgartner’s U.S. Senate campaign has produced an add called “Afghanistan” that lays out his opposition to the war and his criticism for those in government who haven’t ended it.

The ad targets U.S Sen. Maria Cantwell, the Democratic incumbent, for voting in favor of the war and for subsequent funding resolutions. But it also takes on “cowardice from both parties in D.C.”

“Cantwell Can’t Do It,” the ad claims. “Michael Baumgartner Will.”

Campaign spokeswoman Jami Herring said the ad will run on cable in “targeted markets throughout the state.”

Cantwell spokesman Kelly Steele had this response: Baumgartner “…has no actual plan to accelerate withdrawal from Afghanistan, and has repeatedly said he would vote to deny our troops in the field the resources they need to survive. Sen. Cantwell was one of the most outspoken advocates for earlier withdrawal from Afghanistan, and supports President Obama’s 2014 timeline.”

Here’s a link to our post on Cantwell’s most-recent ad.

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