Well, here is something you won’t here a lot about on the cable news shows unless you watch Countdown on MSNBC. But, it all started at a townhall meeting where McCain was asked a question by a fellow veteran, here’s the testy exchange.
Now I have written about McCain’s real record and I can tell you for a guy who has been in the senate for 20 something years he sure hasn’t attempted to solve much of what he talks about today.
Lets first start with the G.I. bill. I have chronicled McCain’s position on this here. If you need anymore proof that McCain didn’t support and never did support the G.I bill then go to the following link where you can find his name under “Nay” meaning he opposes this bill. http://www.senate.gov/legislative/LIS/roll_call_lists/roll_call_vote_cfm.cfm?congress=109&session=2&vote=00007
When it comes to his voting record and him claiming to be supported by all veterans groups is obviously false. This would be obvious because even back in 2000 veterans groups have been the most critical of McCain’s voting record.
- The IAVA (Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans for America) has given McCain a D and Obama a B+ when it comes to their veteran voting record. I should also mention that Obama is on the veteran affairs committee.
- He definitely isn’t getting any support from VoteVets.org.
- The Vietnam Veterans of Americasays McCain has voted against them in 15 key votes. I should also note the Obama only voted against them once.
- The Disabled Veterans of Americagave McCain a 20% rating while Obama got an 80% rating on their voting records from this organization
On the Issue of veterans health care
- McCain voted Nay on a bill that would “To increase Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.” (click here).
- Also a bill that would, “To provide an additional $500,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2006 through 2010, to be used for readjustment counseling, related mental health services, and treatment and rehabilitative services for veterans with mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, or substance use disorder.” McCain voted against, see here.
- In 2006 McCain voted against a bill that would, “To support the health needs of our veterans and military personnel and reduce the deficit by making tax rates fairer for all Americans.” (click here).
Trust me there’s much more he voted against when it came to veterans issues. If you want to see his voting record on a whole host of issues then go to ProJect Vote Smart.
I wish the media would cover stuff like this more, and I don’t expect FOX News to do this but at least CNN. People should stop being so sensitive to the fact that hes a veteran and look at what he has actually done to help his fellow veterans. For a guy who claims to have a lot of experience, maybe a lot of experience voting against veterans issues. Apparently, the dismissive nature of McCain’s response to the veteran at the towhall meeting should prove that McCain is on the defensive and has something to hide when he talks about these issues. Lets just hope that the American people can see past the rhetoric and look at the candidates record.
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