A press release from veteran's advocacy group VoteVets.org announces a new ad buy in Colorado, hitting vulnerable incumbent Rep. Mike Coffman on an issue often counted as one of Coffman's strengths: support for soldiers and their families.
VoteVets.org Action Fund, representing over 400,000 veterans, military families, and civilian supporters, is announcing over $600,000 in television ad buys, highlighting where politicians in Iowa, Michigan, and Colorado stand on the issue of biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). The ads make clear that the RFS is a matter of national security, as biofuels are a key step in breaking our addiction to oil, which funds those who are hostile to America and our allies.
Although the United States often does not directly buy oil from hostile nations, like Iran, America’s dependence on oil drives up demand, and prices of oil on the world market, which benefits all oil-rich nations. Those oil dollars allowed Iran, for instance, to produce and ship Explosively Formed Penetrators (EFPs) to Iraqi insurgents, who used them to target our troops…
The ad in Colorado features an Iraq War Veteran from Aurora, Brian Esqibel. With the American flag waving, he says, “This is worth fighting for.” Turning to a picture of a gas pump, he asks, “But this? America’s addiction to foreign oil helps fund the same terrorists who would harm our troops fighting overseas. Congressman Mike Coffman voted against raising troop pay, but voted for tax breaks for big oil companies. Now Coffman could give big oil an even bigger break, by refusing to support American made biofuels – lining the pockets of the same oil interests who fund his campaigns.” Esquibel ends by asking viewers to call Mike Coffman and ask if he stands with veterans or big oil.