MoveOn Ad Targets 'US Occupation of Iraq'

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:31 PM EDT

( - A liberal advocacy group plans to air a new TV ad over the Thanksgiving holiday attacking Republicans for "failing to offer a plan" to end "the U.S. occupation of Iraq." Political Action said its new ad "echoes Democrats' calls for an exit plan."

The ad will run nationwide on CNN -- the cable network that flashed a big black X over Vice President Dick Cheney's face during a live feed of Cheney's speech to the American Enterprise Institute on Monday.

The 30-second ad opens with a family seated around the Thanksgiving table, heads bowed in prayer. "Some folks won't be home this holiday season," the announcer says.

"Cut to a shot of forlorn soldiers in Iraq with mess kits," the press release said. The announcer says 150,000 American men and women are "stuck in Iraq."

Enter President Bush and Vice President Cheney: "Their president misled America to send them in and has no plan to get them out," the script says, adding that "Democrats in Congress are leading the way home."

The video returns to the Thanksgiving table, focusing on one empty chair: "Where are the Republicans?" it asks.

The tag line urges Americans, "Tell your representative. Support our troops. Bring them home."

In his speech on Monday, Vice President Cheney urged Americans to remember why we're fighting in Iraq.

Debate is welcome, Cheney said. But he called it dishonest and reprehensible to suggest -- as some Democratic senators have -- that the president or anyone in the administration purposely misled the American people on prewar intelligence.

See Earlier Story:
Remember Why We're Fighting, Cheney Says (21 Nov. 2005)