WASHINGTON – Republican Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) says veterans should not vote for Hillary Clinton to be president in the aftermath of her divisive comments dismissing the extent of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) scandal.
“I don’t see how any veterans..could support her quest to become commander in chief,” McCain said on a conference call with reporters Wednesday.
McCain also said that Clinton should apologize for her comments that VA abuse is not widespread.
“I don’t know what Hillary Clinton’s view of what widespread is,” McCain said, noting statistics about the untimely deaths of hundreds of veterans left on secret VA waiting lists. “If that’s not, quote, widespread, I’d like to know what Hillary Clinton’s definition of widespread is.”
“Hillary Clinton has injected partisanship into the VA scandal. She owes an apology to the families…particularly the 50 who died who were awaiting care” at the Phoenix VA medical center, McCain said.
“Give me a break,” McCain added.
House Veterans Affairs Committee chairman Rep. Jeff Miller added that “she’s unaware of many of the issues…VA’s problems still aren’t fixed…VA has not successfully fired a single Phoenix employee for the wait time manipulation.”