Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

McCain Bombs At Veterans Conference

Looks like McCain’s pitch to Veterans is running into a rather large problem: His voting record.

Sen. John McCain, speaking to disabled veterans Saturday in Las Vegas, attacked his Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, for his foreign policy record, while also proposing a program that would allow veterans to acquire health care at private hospitals and not just through the Veterans Affairs Department.

The veterans, at Bally’s for their national convention, gave him a tepid reception, especially considering McCain’s life story.

Gee, I wonder why:

The 1.4-million-member group said that in 2006, he voted for only one of the five spending bills the group considered most important — 20%.

“It’s a pretty low score,” said David Autry, spokesman for the congressionally chartered nonprofit group. The group rated Obama (D-Ill.) at 80%.

The bill McCain supported, which passed the Senate unanimously, increased funding for veterans’ health benefits and got rid of enrollment fees and higher pharmacy co-payments.

The four he opposed would have increased funding for veterans’ services and benefits. In each case, aides said, he objected to earmarks: amendments that members often attach for pet projects in their home districts, including those involving the Veterans Affairs Department. Opposition to earmarks is a signature issue for McCain.

Those darn pesky facts getting in the way of McCain’s rhetoric. McCain has a much bigger problem with Veteran’s groups than is currently being publicized.


August 10, 2008 - Posted by | Battleground States | , , ,


  1. Very interesting. The media won’t cover this, because it’s incomprehensible that someone who sacrificed as much as McCain couldn’t be a friend to veterans…but that’s a fact.

    Great post Turner.

    Comment by dansac | August 10, 2008 | Reply

  2. John McCain is a desparate man running for the most important office in the world. Such offices require a lot of human qualities. A good intellect, a keen sense of history, a grasp of facts and conditions on the ground and a great deal of compassion and empathy. Obama has all those qualities with NONE of the desparation. Obama’s proof of his effectiveness will be in meeting the country’s goals. McCain’s effectiveness would be if he won and gets another hug from George Bush in the Oval Office. There is a difference.

    Comment by Dave Morgan | August 10, 2008 | Reply

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