'Baby Alex' Ad Pleases Liberals, Offends Some Conservatives

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:33 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Does any doting mother want to think about putting her firstborn baby in harm's way? Liberal backers of Sen. Barack Obama are banking on a "no" answer.

The liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org is running a political ad featuring a new mother, bouncing baby boy on her lap, chiding John McCain about wanting to wage a "hundred-year" war in Iraq.

"John McCain, when you say you would stay in Iraq for a hundred years, were you counting on Alex? Because if you were, you can't have him," the mother (actress) says with a quaver in her voice. (See video)

Many anti-war liberals like the ad. A quick scan of the liberal Democrat Underground Web site found the following accolades: "It is how many of us moms feel." "That is a very good ad." "They should also do one with a Dad -- not only Moms feel that way." "LOVE this ad."

But some people are offended by the ad's suggestion that McCain wants to keep the Iraq war going until babies like Alex are old enough to fight. What if Alex grows up and wants to serve his country? one YouTube contributor asked (see clip).

As Cybercast News Service has previously reported, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) never said he wants to fight the Iraq War for 100 years.

The "100 years" controversy dates back to a Jan. 3 town hall meeting in Derry, N.H. In response to a voter's question about how many years U.S. troops might stay in Iraq, McCain said:

"Maybe 100. We've been in South Korea -- we've been in Japan for 60 years. We've been in South Korea for 50 years or so. That would be fine with me, as long as Americans are not being injured or harmed or wounded or killed. It's fine with me, and I hope it would be fine with you, if we maintain a presence in a very volatile part of the world where al-Qaeda is training, recruiting, and equipping and motivating people every single day."

McCain repeatedly has clarified that he does not foresee 100 years of U.S. combat in Iraq -- just a lengthy post-war troop presence. (See earlier story)

Beyond the misreprentation of McCain's remark, some bloggers are taking offense at the ad's implication that no one would serve in the military unless forced to do so.

MoveOn.org's "Baby Alex" ad is airing nationally for the next week, at a cost of $543,000, the Associated Press reported.

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