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McCain, Obama Push for Veteran Support

Presumptive presidential nominees Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Barack Obama (D-Ill.) today are trumpeting their support from veterans, with McCain delivering a speech in Orlando, Fla., to the Veterans of Foreign Wars and Obama countering with support from a new alliance of Afghanistan and Iraq war veterans.

McCain declared that “a victory in Iraq is finally in sight” but suggested that only he had the “good judgment” needed to cement the victory. McCain slammed Obama for “shifting positions” on Iraq and trying to “legislate failure” in the war by opposing funding for the troops.

Obama has said he opposes funding to give President Bush a “blank check” to prosecute the war in a manner that will fail. In a statement, the Obama campaign said its new group of veterans “will play a prominent role in Denver at the Democratic National Convention; lead Veterans for Obama efforts in the states; participate in grassroots fundraising efforts; and serve as surrogates before veterans and general audiences across America.”

Bush plans to travel to Orlando to address the VFW’s national convention Wednesday, offering what a spokesman said would be a review of U.S. efforts in the war against terrorism.