McCain, Obama Spar On GI Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Republican John McCain has raised Barack Obama's lack of military service in brushing off the Illinois Democrat's criticism of McCain's position on military scholarships.

McCain, a former Navy fighter pilot who spent nearly six years as a Vietnam prisoner of war, said he would not accept criticism from Obama, who he says "did not feel it was his responsibility to serve our country in uniform."

At issue is an expansion of the GI bill that would guarantee full college scholarships for those who serve in the military for three years. Obama voted for the measure, which passed the Senate today 75-22.

McCain, who skipped the vote, says providing such a benefit after only three years of service would encourage people to leave the military after completing only one enlistment. He favors increasing benefits in conjunction with a veteran's length of service.

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  • by Mackie Location: colorado springs on May 28, 2008 at 09:02 AM
    don't understand why McCain won't support the GI Bill, if he's elected President he'll have all our Soldiers killed anway. And Eric, someone who "only" served three years? I belive serving three years in a war deserves it more then someone who served twenty years in peace. McCain is wrong as ussual.
  • by Eric Location: C/S on May 22, 2008 at 02:44 PM
    McCain is right on this one. As a vet who is using his GI Bill, I agree that the current GI Bill is lacking but providing a full scholarship to those who only serve for three years is a mistake.
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