ABC News’ Teddy Davis Reports:
MoveOn.org is throwing down the gauntlet.
The powerful liberal advocacy group is making it known in no uncertain terms what it will expect from Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., when it comes to the Iraq war.
Eli Pariser, the group’s executive director, told ABC News on Friday that MoveOn.org will expect Clinton and Obama to once again vote against any Iraq war funding that does not include a timeline for withdrawal.
What’s more, this time, MoveOn.org wants the top Democratic presidential contenders to speak out "sooner and more vocally."
"People are looking for leadership," said Pariser. "People are happy that they voted against a blank check last time. This time, we want them to speak out sooner and more vocally."
On May 24, Clinton and Obama both voted against a war funding bill that did not contain timetables for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
They were criticized, however, by former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., a Democratic presidential rival, for not discussing the vote before it was cast.
MoveOn.org’s challenge to Clinton and Obama came on the same day that it launched a new television ad.
Having scored enormous free media coverage for the Petraeus/Betray-Us ad which ran Monday in The New York Times, MoveOn.org announced Friday that it is launching a television ad accusing President Bush of betraying the nation.
"Before the surge, George Bush had 130,000 troops stuck in Iraq," says the narrator of the new ad. "Americans had elected a new Congress to bring them home. Instead, Bush sent 30,000 more troops. Now he’s making a big deal about you guessed it . . . pulling out 30,000. So, next year, there will still be 130,000 troops stuck in Iraq. George Bush. A Betrayal of Trust."
MoveOn.org is spending $9,000 to air the ad on Washington, D.C. cable. It is spending an additional $51,000 to air the ad on CNN nationwide. The ad will run from Sept. 17-21.