Fact Checking McCain on Vets Groups

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008 at 6:34 pm


PITTSBURGH — During a testy exchange with a Vietnam veteran who questioned Sen. John McCain’s voting record on veterans’ issues at a town hall meeting in Denver yesterday, McCain boldly asserted that he has "a perfect voting record from organizations like Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, and all the other veterans’ service organizations." When the vet challenged him on this claim, saying he did not have a perfect voting record with Disabled American Veterans or VFW, McCain responded:

"I’ve been endorsed in every election by all of the veterans’ organizations that do that. I’ve been supported by them and received the highest awards from all of those organizations, so I guess they don’t know something you know."

So does McCain really have a "perfect voting record" with all the veterans’ service organizations, as he claims? Has he really received the highest marks possible? Not really, it turns out.


True, VFW’s Political Action Committee did endorse McCain in 2004, but that doesn’t mean he has a perfect record with the group. McCain recently skipped the vote on the 21st Century GI Bill, sponsored by Sen. James Webb (D-Va.), which ultimately passed the Senate by a margin of 75-22. The bill, which President George W. Bush signed into last week, allows veterans who served after 2001 to attend four-year public universities in their home state, free of tuition. The bill was strongly supported by VFW and the American Legion. After coming out in opposition to the bill, McCain announced his support after it was tweaked to allow the transfer of benefits to veterans’ family members. Yesterday, McCain said he did not support the original bill because it did not extend to pre-2001 veterans and it would have removed the incentive for people to make a career of the military.


Disabled American Veterans gave McCain a dismal 20 percent rating, out of a possible 100 percent, during the second session of the 109th Congress, which ended in January 2007 — their most recent rating. Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America gave McCain a grade of  ‘D.’


Vietnam Veterans of America does not offer a rating or grade, but they do provide a chart that compares McCain’s vote to their preferred position. Since 2001, McCain voted with VVA nine times and against them 15 times. He also missed eight votes.


While McCain may enjoy broad support among many veterans of both parties, we have to give him an ‘F’ for truth-telling.

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3 Comments

1papawolf
Comment posted September 21, 2008 @ 4:06 am

you know as a veteran myself(not a hero) i allways thought that honor was supposed to be a part of what makes a hero someone for our children to look up to and emulate.what a shame mccain has sold his for the promise of power


Kwaayesnama
Comment posted September 23, 2008 @ 10:33 am

John McCain claims that his military service is one of his qualifications to be commander in chief. I seriously doubt his dedication to the American military. His voting record shows his lack of concern for our bravest men and women.

John McCain missed 10 of the past 14 votes on Iraq.

John McCain in September 2007: voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments.

John McCain in July 2007: voted against a plan to drawdown troop levels in Iraq.

John McCain in March 2007 was too busy to vote on a bill that would require the start of a drawdown in troop levels within 120 days with a goal of withdrawing nearly all-combat troops within one year.

John McCain in February 2007 didn’t even bother to show up to vote against a resolution condemning it. For such a strong supporter of the escalation, McCain didn’t even bother to show up and vote for it.

John McCain in June 2006, voted against a resolution that Bush start withdrawing troops but with no timeline to do so.

John McCain in May 2006, voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.

John McCain in April 2006, was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

John McCain in March 2006, voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

John McCain in March 2004, once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans' medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans' needs.

John McCain in October 2003, voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq and to reduce the amount provided for reconstruction in Iraq by $322,000,000.

John McCain in April 2003, urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.

If he believes that we should stay the course for as long as possible he should be willing to support the people he puts in harms way.

John McCain is not a friend of the American Military.


Kwaayesnama
Comment posted September 23, 2008 @ 5:33 pm

John McCain claims that his military service is one of his qualifications to be commander in chief. I seriously doubt his dedication to the American military. His voting record shows his lack of concern for our bravest men and women.

John McCain missed 10 of the past 14 votes on Iraq.

John McCain in September 2007: voted against the Webb amendment calling for adequate troop rest between deployments.

John McCain in July 2007: voted against a plan to drawdown troop levels in Iraq.

John McCain in March 2007 was too busy to vote on a bill that would require the start of a drawdown in troop levels within 120 days with a goal of withdrawing nearly all-combat troops within one year.

John McCain in February 2007 didn’t even bother to show up to vote against a resolution condemning it. For such a strong supporter of the escalation, McCain didn’t even bother to show up and vote for it.

John McCain in June 2006, voted against a resolution that Bush start withdrawing troops but with no timeline to do so.

John McCain in May 2006, voted against an amendment that would provide $20 million to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care facilities.

John McCain in April 2006, was one of only 13 Senators to vote against $430,000,000 for the Department of Veteran Affairs for Medical Services for outpatient care and treatment for veterans.

John McCain in March 2006, voted against increasing Veterans medical services funding by $1.5 billion in FY 2007 to be paid for by closing corporate tax loopholes.

John McCain in March 2004, once again voted for abusive tax loopholes over veterans when he voted against creating a reserve fund to allow for an increase in Veterans' medical care by $1.8 billion by eliminating abusive tax loopholes. Jeez, McCain really loves those tax loopholes for corporations, since he voted for them over our veterans' needs.

John McCain in October 2003, voted to table an amendment by Senator Dodd that called for an additional $322,000,000 for safety equipment for United States forces in Iraq and to reduce the amount provided for reconstruction in Iraq by $322,000,000.

John McCain in April 2003, urged other Senate members to table a vote (which never passed) to provide more than $1 billion for National Guard and Reserve equipment in Iraq related to a shortage of helmets, tents, bullet-proof inserts, and tactical vests.

If he believes that we should stay the course for as long as possible he should be willing to support the people he puts in harms way.

John McCain is not a friend of the American Military.


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