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'Black Hawk Down' Veteran Praises Marco Rubio in Florida Ad

Concerned Veterans for America (CVA), a conservative non-profit organization, launched a six-figure ad buy on Wednesday. It released four new ads in key U.S. Senate races, targeting Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Florida. One of the Florida ads features a soldier who appeared in Black Hawk Down (2001).

"In 1993, my teammates and I deployed to Mogadishu, Somalia. I was a member of the team that was featured in Black Hawk Down," recalls Matt Eversmann, a U.S. Army Ranger veteran who was awarded the Bronze Star Medal. He appears in the ad "A Voice for Veterans."

"The VA clearly needs to be fixed to take care of all the soldiers that are coming back from overseas. When that system fails, a veteran pays the price," Eversmann says. "Marco Rubio is leading the charge to fix the VA. He is holding the VA accountable, sponsoring bills, introducing legislation. Senator Rubio is clearly a voice for veterans."

Rubio currently leads the race against Democratic Congressman Patrick Murphy. Rubio is six percentage points ahead of Murphy in the RealClearPolitics polling average, a slight increase from his lead throughout July and August.

CVA also released an ad targeting Murphy, titled "Abandoned." That ad features Vietnam veteran Bob Martin, who served in that war from 1968 to 1970. Martin flatly declares that "Patrick Murphy has abandoned his responsibility to support veterans."

The Vietnam vet explains that "the military is a family and we take care of each other." He recalls becoming "distressed" by the VA scandal. "Veterans should not have to wait for care in a system that was designed to provide care," he declares. Then he notes Murphy's vote against the VA Accountability Act, H.R. 1994. "That's wrong."

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