Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Steve Pearce Endorsed by National Veterans Group.

The Chairman of the National Vietnam & Gulf War Veterans Coalition was proud to endorse Steve Pearce for U.S. Senate this month, noting the congressman's dedication to veterans, the war in Iraq and national security.

Chairman John J. Molloy, who like Pearce is a Vietnam War veteran, said the coalition chooses to endorse candidates who have a record of supporting veterans and members of the armed forces, securing our nation's borders, preventing illegal immigration and achieving energy independence.

"We're very satisfied with what he has done," Molloy said. "These are American issues and not Republican or Democrat issues."

Molloy said the coalition also based its endorsements upon the ratings given by the Center For Security Policy. The CSP's 2005 - 2006 National Security Scorecard rated Steve Pearce 88 points out of 100 based upon his voting record of supporting national security issues. In contrast Tom Udall was give a 12 point rating.

Molloy, who is also a survivor of the Sept. 11, 2001 and Feb. 26, 1993 attacks on the World Trade Center, said now more than ever America needs those who are willing to stand up and do what is right to keep the nation safe and secure. On 9/11 Molloy's firm was located in Tower Two and he lost 95 friends and co-workers during the attacks.

'This is what we are all trying to do, we're all trying to protect our country," he said.

In response Steve Pearce said "Securing of our nation is something that every veteran feels they can never stop doing, even when the war is over.

"Receiving this endorsement from my brothers and sisters-in-arms is a privilege that I will never take for granted. They will always have my support."

The coalition represents more than 80 veterans organizations and veterans advocacy groups, made up of about 250,000 veterans and their family members totaling more than 2 million voters nationwide.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I almost drove off the road today when I heard Pearce's new veterans radio ad - any word on the facts behind it? I've been checking out Project Vote Smart and so far I see that Pearce voted against the GI bill and has received lower ratings than Udall from DAV and IAVA. Both candidates voted for all the listed health related veterans bills. Seems to me veterans are splitting the vote based one which war they served in - Vietnam vets are going for the Repubs and OIF and OEF vets aren't enthusiastic towards 'em. I've seen reports of donations from active duty military going to Obama 6:1, though the percentage donating is actually pretty small and the importance of that data might be exagerated.