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Obama for new GI Bill / McCain not keen

 The Charleston Gazette

May 13, 2008


Obama pushes for new GI Bill

Ill. senator predicts state will go for Clinton

On the day before West Virginia’s primary election, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama called for passage of the new GI bill Monday in Charleston, while taking a jab at U.S. Sen. John McCain – his likely opponent in the fall presidential election – for refusing to support it.

On the day before West Virginia’s primary election, U.S. Sen. Barack Obama called for passage of the new GI bill Monday in Charleston, while taking a jab at U.S. Sen. John McCain – his likely opponent in the fall presidential election – for refusing to support it.

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told an audience of about 1,500 people Monday at the Charleston Civic Center that the United States needs to take better care of its veterans. Obama made his second trip to West Virginia in a last-minute attempt to help his presidential campaign in the state.

The Illinois Democrat said McCain, whom he added he greatly respects as a prisoner of war during the Vietnam War, doesn’t like the new plan.

“He is one of the few senators of either party who oppose this bill because he thinks it’s too generous,” Obama said. “I couldn’t disagree more.

“At a time when the skyrocketing cost of tuition is pricing thousands of Americans out of a college education, we should be doing everything we can to give the men and women who have risked their lives for this country the chance to pursue the American dream.”

Obama faces Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., in today’s primary election. Every poll has shown Clinton will win by a large number in the state, and Obama acknowledged that will probably happen.

“I think [former president Bill] Clinton said 80 percent, so we’ll take him at his word,” he said later Monday.  Link to complete Charleston Gazette story>>

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