‘Allen West saved my life’ says former Army sergeant in new TV adby George Bennett | July 25th, 2012
U.S. Rep. Allen West, R-Palm Beach Gardens, has released his third campaign ad, a 60-second spot in which former Sgt. Robert Delgado recounts then-Lt. Col. West giving up his body armor to protect Delgado in Iraq.
Delgado, whose wife was 8 months pregnant at the time, was hit by enemy fire and says his life was spared because of West’s body armor. Delgado also recounted the story in an ad two years ago when West ran for Congress.
West faces an Aug. 14 GOP primary challenge from Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder. But this ad is likely aimed at building good will for West before the fall campaign, when Democrats and outside groups are likely to unleash a barrage of negative attacks.
Read the text after the jump…
Text of new TV ad for U.S. Rep. Allen West:
My name is Robert Delgado, former Sergeant of the United States Army. I wanted to serve my country. I wanted to be something better than what I was.
When we got our orders to go to Iraq, my wife was eight months pregnant. So it was a little nerve-wracking not knowing, you know, well, will I get to see my unborn child?
My commander was Lieutenant Colonel Allen West. He said, “I’m gonna make sure that you come home to your wife and your newborn baby.”
Before we went into Iraq, he gave me his body armor. And we were driving with night vision goggles on. Well, this car came flying by and an AK-47 just starts firing. I got shot.
If I hadn’t had that body armor though, I don’t think I’d really be here, because where it hit was where my lung was.
Lieutenant Colonel Allen West saved my life.
It was just the greatest feeling in the world to hold my son for that first time.
Colonel West gave me his body armor. Because of that, I’m here today.
And I think people need to understand that Allen West is a true patriot. He’s a man that loves his country.