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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