Joe Biden campaign pushes his commitment to troops in ad set in The Villages
Department of Defense image via AP.

Beau Biden and Joe Biden
Ad playing online in and around The Villages and Eglin Air Force Base.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden is pushing a digital ad to people in and around The Villages and Eglin Air Force Base seeking to convince them he honors and would stand by the troops.

The 30-second commercial “Protect Our Troops” is not new but the strategy is: to target social media and other digital platforms in 50-mile radii around Florida’s largest seniors community and the largest concentration of active duty and retired military. A 50-mile radius of Eglin would also take in Pensacola and the Naval Air Station Pensacola, as well as some of the Panama City market.

The ad plays as controversy continues to swirl around the bombshell allegations made in last week’s article in The Atlantic magazine, and confirmed by The Associated Press, Fox News, and other media. The article reports that President Donald Trump has frequently privately disparaged war dead and veterans. While the President has vigorously denied the allegations, Democrats are sensing traction in their efforts to convince veterans that Trump does not know or care for them.

The Biden ad playing this week in The Villages and Eglin does not go there, except through implications in suggesting that contrasts are to be made. Instead, the spot is entirely a positive ad about Biden, contending that he has always stood up for the military, veterans, and America’s interests abroad.

“We have been up in every market across the state in an effort to reach every single voter, so the goal is to expand our outreach specifically to veterans — not just to show Donald Trump’s failure, but also show who Joe Biden is and ensure we’re competing for military voters everywhere,” the Biden campaign declared in a news release.

“Joe Biden understands the awesome power, responsibility, and sacred duty of being Commander in Chief,” a narrator states to open “Protect Our Troops,” as photos are shown of Biden appearing with military and in the White House, as Vice President under President Barack Obama.

The narrator notes that Biden has served in the White House Situation Room, that his late son Beau Biden served in the Army in Iraq, and then comes closest to contesting Trump’s policy record by saying that Biden “stood up to dictators and stood with our allies.”

Scott Powers

Scott Powers is an Orlando-based political journalist with 30+ years’ experience, mostly at newspapers such as the Orlando Sentinel and the Columbus Dispatch. He covers local, state and federal politics and space news across much of Central Florida. His career earned numerous journalism awards for stories ranging from the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster to presidential elections to misplaced nuclear waste. He and his wife Connie have three grown children. Besides them, he’s into mystery and suspense books and movies, rock, blues, basketball, baseball, writing unpublished novels, and being amused. Email him at [email protected].


  • Steven Brengard

    September 6, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Odd that everyone is wearing ACUs in the pic when the transition perions to OCP uniform is over at the end of the month. No wears it anymore … yet everyone is wearing it in the photo. Perhaps an earlier stock photo from his earlier years to make him look healthier?

  • Micah

    September 6, 2020 at 9:46 am

    Eglin, not Elgin.

  • Ron

    September 6, 2020 at 10:16 am

    It is strange that during the Obama/Biden administration they did little if anything for the military or VA and now all of a sudden he is trying to be buddy buddy with our veterans. I think the veterans are smart enough to see through him.

    • Midway29

      September 7, 2020 at 6:43 am

      Captain Demento is brain dead. The communists running his party in the WH will be pulling the strings.

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 6, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    As if bone spur Donald gives two scoops of shit for the military! Our military our troops are our protection from foreign and domestic abuse not to be poked and mocked by a stupid damn traitor trump! Trump is trying to “punk” our law enforcement with his bs! Stop listening to this human piece of shut!

    • Midway29

      September 7, 2020 at 6:46 am

      The Commie Kenyan Obama & Captain Demented Biden obliterated our military. More interested in gay rights for those in uniform.

  • James Robert Miles

    September 6, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    At least Biden doesn’t refer to dead servicemen as losers. Trump is an A hole and anyone who supports him is one also!

    • Midway29

      September 7, 2020 at 6:49 am

      You’re reading Fake News, that’s moronic, wise up!

  • charles hoffman

    September 7, 2020 at 2:22 am

    Trump is a traitor and he will die in jail

  • Ron Martin

    September 8, 2020 at 2:04 am

    Our military golden star families know how to treat each other in tough times evidently wacky truck does not know anything about military experience I’m losing a loved one in the military worrying about his hair in the rain getting messed up in Paris and saying losers is awful just awful I believe serving in the military makes you a man and Donald Trump’s never served a day in the military what did he mean by suckers did he mean fighting for freedom of speech freedom of assembly freedom of just Freedom that we enjoy here is our USA

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