Dishonest John McCain may be a distinguished veteran, but he isn’t the favorite of veteran’s groups. Not that you’d know it to listen to him. He has consistently lied about this, blatantly and brazenly. Like when he responded to a veteran’s question about why his voting record on funding the VA is so abysmal:
Q: I know you voted for lesser increases, and sometimes they were so much less, and our VA desperately needs the money. Can you tell me why you would vote for less money for the VA when there’s a war going on?
M: Well of course I have not and I’m afraid I’ve been endorsed by the VFW in every election that I’ve been in. I have been — received the honors, the highest honor and awards from all our veterans organizations for my consistent support of them. I don’t know what you’re looking at, but the DAV, the VFW, the American Legion, all of them have given me their highest awards for my consistent support of them. (Reno-Gazette Journal, h/t ThinkProgress)
Except that they have not given him their highest awards. Unless you turn the scale upside down:
- Disabled American Veterans (DAV): In a list of 36 “key votes,” shows McCain “Voted Against Us” 16 times. (Obama “Voted With Us” 17 times, and against only once.)
- Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW): Endorsed Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) GI Bill that McCain vigorously opposed; called McCain’s alternative GI Bill “very partisan” and said they “didn’t have much input” in its crafting.
- American Legion: Endorsed Webb’s GI Bill and criticized McCain’s concern about how it would affect retention, saying the bill “would encourage young men and women to join the military.”(via ThinkProgress)
Or how about the grade of D he just got from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (Obama got a B)?
The Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) have noted that in its “Key Votes,” McCain “Voted Against Us” 15 times and “Voted For Us” only 8. (Obama voted for VVA 12 times, and against only once.) ThinkProgress)
So he’s sold out his fellow veterans and then he’s bold faced lied about it. Two wrongs make a Rightist.