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Webb To McCain: Calm Down About Service

This was the first campaign ad Mr. Webb ran in his campaign for Senate two short years ago:


"Gipper"

This ad introduces Virginians to Jim’s exceptional record of service to our country, a record of service our opponent, George Allen, simply cannot match. What we’ve learned over and over again in this campaign is that when voters learn about Jim Webb, they’re ready to support Jim. They realize Jim is the "soldier, scholar, leader" we need to get our country back on track. And Jim is a leader Virginians can be proud of.

But that was then and this is now.

From The Hill:

Webb: McCain Should ‘Calm Down’ on Using Military Service

by Walter Alarkon

July 1, 2008

Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) waded into the debate over John McCain’s military service Monday to say that the Republican should avoid using military service in politics.

Webb, a Barack Obama supporter, was on MSNBC’s "Countdown" to talk about his G.I. Bill to increase education benefits for returning veterans which is now law. Webb criticized both McCain and President Bush for not supporting the bill. Then, unprompted, Webb weighed in on the debate over retired Gen. Wesley Clark’s remark that "riding in a fighter plane and getting shot down" isn’t "a qualification to be president."

"I think what we really need to work on over the next four, five months, and it goes back to the speech that Sen. Obama gave [Tuesday] and this little fight that I’ve been watching and that is, we need to make sure that we take politics out of service," Webb said. "People don’t serve their country for political issues."

He continued: "And John McCain’s my long-time friend, if that is one area that I would ask him to calm down on, it’s that, don’t be standing up and uttering your political views and implying that all the people in the military support them because they don’t, any more than when the Democrats have political issues during the Vietnam War. Let’s get the politics out of the military, take care of our military people, or have our political arguments in other areas."

We are no McCain fans, but:

John McCain’s my long-time friend, if that is one area that I would ask him to calm down on, it’s that, don’t be standing up and uttering your political views and implying that all the people in the military support them because they don’t…

When has he ever done this?

No, what Mr. Webb is saying is "shut up about your military service." It’s not important.

But what else did Mr. Webb ever run on, besides his vaunted military service — and ‘Macaca’?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 1st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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