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Friday, May 30, 2008

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Dear Vets for Freedom members:

Over the last few days, Vets for Freedom PAC has run two aggressive ads asking Senator Obama tough questions about why he is willing to meet with foreign dictators, but not to meet with General Petraeus or his veteran constituents. And last night, in a direct response to our efforts, the New York Timesreported that Senator Obama is now "considering" a trip to Iraq. We will work to ensure he makes the trip soon.

We are pleased that our efforts have received attention and support from media and political leaders alike. 
Vets for Freedom has beenattacked by Senator Obama’s campaign; however, Senator McCain has embraced our message, telling a crowd in Reno, NV yesterday: "Now, why is it that Senator Obama wants to sit down with the President of Iran, but hasn't yet sat down with General Petraeus – the leader of our troops in Iraq?"

This morning, Michele Malkin 
wrote: "Vets for Freedom is effective. The Left doesn’t like effective, independent voices in the political arena." Unfortunate, but true. 

As a result of this reality, rather than answer our substantive questions, outlets like the 
Huffington Post and New York Times called on Senators Lieberman and Graham to leave our Board of Advisors, because of the McCain campaign’s internal policy regarding outside groups.

As two of our strongest allies, Senators Lindsey Graham and Joe Lieberman have been steadfast in their support of 
Vets for Freedom and our mission, and we are proud to call them friends. However, as they continue to work with Senator McCain on his campaign, they must take a "leave of absence" from the Vets for Freedom Board of Advisors to avoid any appearance of coordination.

This morning, both Senators sent us a very supportive letter, which you can read 
HERE. We thank Senators Graham and Lieberman for their continued support of the men and women of our armed forces, and appreciate their support of our organization. 

Pete Hegseth
Vets for Freedom PAC
Iraq war veteran, 101st Airborne Division