S.C. Senators Buy Newspaper Ads to Voice Support for Iraq War


South Carolina’s U.S. senators are buying ads in the state’s largest newspapers to publicize their support for the war in Iraq.

In a letter to be published in Wednesday’s newspapers, Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Jim DeMint also write that they back the efforts of Gen. David Petraeus, the new U.S. commander in Iraq. The half-page ad, which is being paid from each senator’s campaign account, comes as House and Senate Democrats push legislation that would curtail President Bush’s war plans.

“We strongly oppose Congressional action that would require withdrawal without consequence, deny our commanders and troops the reinforcements they need, or cut off funding to our troops in harm’s way,” Graham and DeMint say in the letter.

The ad includes a copy of a Feb. 10 letter from Petraeus to troops and civilian workers in Iraq that said their tasks are critical to make the U.S. safe. “Only with security can the Iraqi government come to grips with the tough issues it confronts and develop the capacity to serve its citizens,” Petraeus wrote.

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