By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press Writer Sun Aug 19, 8:01 PM ET
WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden aired his first campaign advertisement Sunday, casting himself as the only candidate with a viable strategy for a sustainable peace in Iraq.
"As I climbed into the C-130, strapped into the middle of that cargo bay was a flag-draped coffin," Biden says. "It turned that cargo bay into a cathedral. And all I could think of was the parents waiting at the other end.
"Joe Biden is the only candidate with a plan to get us out of Iraq and keep us out," the ad states as Biden‘s image fades.
The ads, are scheduled to run through Labor Day, Biden aides said. Rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson also are airing ads in Iowa.
Biden‘s son Beau, a judge advocate general in the Delaware National Guard and the state‘s attorney general, is preparing to deploy to Iraq next year.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. John McCain said Sunday his support for immigration changes hurt his presidential candidacy because people were not convinced that it would secure the border.
The failed immigration bill supported by McCain included border security measures and a guest worker program and would have legalized many of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.
But he said his campaign, which has been weakened by multiple resignations and poor fundraising, is regaining its footing.