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McCain criticizes Obama's cancellation of German hospital visit

Reported by Chrish - July 25, 2008 -

Another example of Obama damned if he does, damned if he doesn't: Taking any opportunity to amplify anti-Obama messages, the FOXNews website is reporting that Senator Obama opted out of visiting US wounded troops hospitalized at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany and quoting the McCain campaign's knee-jerk reaction to the cancellation. Not clear from the report is the fact that the visit was cancelled at Pentagon request.

Reuters reported

"The Pentagon in a statement cited longstanding Defense Department policy that prohibits military personnel or facilities from association with partisan political campaigns and elections.

"We told him he could visit Landstuhl (Regional Medical Center in western Germany) with his Senate staff, but not with his campaign staff," said Army Lt. Col. Elizabeth Hibner."

Retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, an adviser to Obama, said Obama had opted against the visit.

"Senator Obama had hoped to and had every intention of visiting our troops to express his appreciation and gratitude for their service to our country," Gration said, but added: "Sen. Obama did not want to have a trip to see our wounded warriors perceived as a campaign event."

FOX wrote that

"John McCain spokesman Brian Rogers said, “Barack Obama is wrong. It is never inappropriate to visit our men and women in the military.”

and added that
"McCain’s Senate colleague Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., also took a shot at Obama.

“I noticed that Obama had plenty of time to shoot hoops … but he didn’t have the time to stop by (the Ramstein base)."


H/T Robert T.