ABC News’ Mary Bruce Reports: Sen. Jack Reed, D- R.I., responded this morning to an ad from anti-war activist group MoveOn.org labeling General Petraeus as "General Betray Us".
"I think the particular ad overreached. I think it was not something that I would accept. And I think it was not the most effective way to get their message," Reed said in an interview on "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."
Republican leaders denounced the ad last week, calling on Democrats to condemn it. 2008 Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani responding by posting his own ad calling on democratic rival Sen. Hillary Clinton to denounce MoveOn.org.
Other activist groups have retaliated as well. Freedom’s Watch released an ad in response, urging viewers to "call your congressman and senator. Tell them to condemn MoveOn."
Reed, who delivered the democratic rebuttal to President Bush’s speech this week on the War in Iraq, said "it’s better to get on to the substance, to have a discussion about force structures, about policies, about what the Iraqi government’s doing. That, I think, is more resonant among the American people and more significant and helpful in terms of the debate."
Reed admitted, however, that "MoveOn.org is taking a very active role in trying to change the policy, and in that sense reflects a vast majority of Americans."