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Father Of Soldier Killed In Iraq Makes Moving Ad For Alaska Senate Candidate

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      Alex Pappas

      Alex Pappas is a Washington D.C.-based political reporter for The Daily Caller. He has also written for The Washington Examiner and the Mobile Press-Register. Pappas is a graduate of The University of the South in Sewanee, Tenn., where he was editor-in-chief of The Sewanee Purple. While in college, he did internships at NBC's Meet the Press and the White House. He grew up in Mobile, Ala., where he graduated from St. Paul's Episcopal School. He and his wife live on Capitol Hill.

The father of an army soldier killed in Iraq has filmed a moving ad in support of Dan Sullivan, the U.S. Senate candidate, ahead of next month’s Republican primary in Alaska.

In the ad, Wayne Woods of Palmer, Alaska discusses learning about the death of his son, Spc. Shane W. Woods, who was killed in 2006 when an IED exploded and killed him and two other people.

“I saw a black SUV pull up,” Woods says in the ad. “I knew immediately what it was. I am just proud to have been his father.”

“I take refuge in how proud my son was to serve,” Woods said. “It gives me a deeper appreciation for the price of freedom, and what it means to be an American.”

Speaking about the state’s Senate race, he says in the ad: “It’s important that we get political leadership that will not squander the sacrifices that have been made to keep this nation headed in the right direction.That’s why I support Dan Sullivan. I know that he shares the same values my son had.”

Sullivan, the former attorney general of Alaska, is leading in the polls against Alaska Lt. Gov. Mead Treadwell and Attorney Joe Miller ahead of the state’s Aug. 19 primary.

The winner of that contest will face Democratic Sen. Mark Begich in what is expected to be one of the closest Senate races across the country this year.

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