Saving Cannon Air Force Base, fighting for funding for labs means jobs for future generations of New Mexicans
The Udall campaign’s newest ad tells how Tom Udall is working to ensure a strong future for New Mexico by fighting for the national laboratories and military bases so they can continue to create thousands of well-paying jobs and drive economic development for generations to come.
The new ad features kids from across New Mexico who are the future scientists, engineers and fighter pilots working at the labs and Air Force bases. Fighting for them is the “best part” of the job, says Udall in the new ad, which runs 30 seconds and began airing today.
“I’m Tom Udall, and we’re not allowed to film campaign ads at military bases and national labs. But I can show you who will work there in the future,” Udall says in the ad. “Our saving Cannon Air Force Base and its thousands of jobs means now it will be there for them when they grow up. And protecting Sandia labs and Los Alamos from budget cuts means all of those jobs will be there too.”
As Senator for New Mexico, Udall has been a strong defender of funding for the labs and bases. When the government’s base closure commission proposed shutting Cannon Air Force Base, Udall played a leading role in fighting to keep it open. Today, Cannon has a critical new special operations mission, it’s an engine for economic development, and last month, an Air Force Times survey ranked it the 10th most livable base for airmen.
As a member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, Udall has turned back efforts to cut funding for vital national security missions at Sandia and Los Alamos national labs, and he has fought for funding for cleanup work at Los Alamos and the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in Carlsbad, N.M.
“Tom Udall knows that one of the best ways he can fight for jobs and economic development today – and for generations into the future — is by making sure our labs and bases are strong. When some in Congress wanted to cut funding for the labs, Tom was there to defend their national security mission and keep funding strong. When Washington wanted to shut down Cannon Air Force Base, Tom fought to keep it open,” said Campaign Manager Daniel Sena. “New Mexico faces challenges, but Tom Udall has always been there to do what’s right for our state.”
Transcript of “BEST PART” running 30 seconds: “I’m Tom Udall, and we’re not allowed to film campaign ads at military bases and national labs. But I can show you who will work there in the future. Our saving Cannon Air Force Base and its thousands of jobs means now it will be there for them when they grow up. And protecting Sandia labs and Los Alamos from budget cuts means all of those jobs will be there too. I’m Tom Udall and I approved this message because this is the best part of my job.”