From NBC's Lauren Appelbaum
While many of the candidates have released paper statements on Veterans Day (either yesterday's actual date or today's observed holiday), several candidates are using the holiday to tout their military credentials and support via Web videos. The Clinton campaign's video promotes veterans' support for the New York senator. Men and women, young and old, are featured in the video. And veterans of Vietnam and Iraq, as well as a surviving spouse, tout Clinton's work for the veterans and ability to lead the country with her "forward thinking" and "high level of integrity."
Republicans McCain, Romney, and Thompson also have videos. McCain -- who is spending today with veterans -- has a 12-minute biographical video that shows McCain as a 31-year-old soldier, prisoner of war, and current-day political leader. The Arizona Senator talks about July 29, 1967 on the USS Forrestal, when he was almost killed and the day he was captured. Lt. Col. (Ret.) Orson Swindle, who was a POW from 1966 to 1973, touts McCain's dedication and commitment "not to war, not to going into battle, but to doing his duty." McCain's wife also talks about their own sons who are currently serving. "I just couldn't really see my sons serving under someone else who doesn't get it."
In Romney's video, words appear on a black background, with instrumental music playing. "This Veteran's Day, we salute," the video reads. Then the video shows stills of veterans with adjectives describing the group: "Honor, Courage, Commitment, Loyalty, Sacrifice, Strength, Dedication, Leadership, Bravery, Discipline."
And Thompson's 30-second video, "The Soldier," showcases Thompson in the frame with an American flag in the background. "I read something recently worth thinking about," Thompson says in the ad paid for by Citizens United Foundation. "It's the soldier, not the campus organizer, who's given us freedom to demonstrate. It's the soldier, not the reporter, who's given us freedom of the press. It's the soldier, not the poet, who's given us freedom of speech. It's the soldier who serves under the flag who defends the protestors' right to burn the flag. Isn't it time now to demonstrate we support our troops? Were it not for the brave, there'd be no land of the free."