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GOP blasts Obama's remarks on VA
« on: May 21, 2014, 02:28:56 PM »

GOP blasts Obama's remarks on VA

By Rebecca Shabad - 05/21/14 12:14 PM EDT

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday immediately dismissed President Obama’s remarks on the controversy surrounding veterans hospitals, arguing his response was too little, too late.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) called Obama’s remarks “wholly insufficient” in addressing the agency’s systemic problems.

“We need answers, leadership and accountability, none of which we’ve seen from the Obama administration to date,” McCain said in a statement.

The administration, he said, has had an “ineffectual” response to allegations of wrongdoing at VA facilities.

In remarks from the White House briefing room, Obama promised he would punish any misconduct at the agency.

"If these allegations prove to be true, it is dishonorable, it is disgraceful, and I will not tolerate it," Obama said following a meeting with Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Obama’s deputy chief of staff Rob Nabors. Obama assigned Nabors to oversee the VA probe.

A number of Republicans expressed similar reactions to McCain’s on Twitter.

Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) said the president said nothing new.

    Pres Obama is saying nothing new. Veterans deserve accountability today not when investigations can be swept under the rug.
    — Rep. Andy Harris, MD (@RepAndyHarrisMD) May 21, 2014

Rep. Frank LoBiondo (R-N.J.) suggested Obama should have demanded Shinseki’s resignation.

    By not demanding VA Sec Shinseki resignation today, Pres Obama is not listening to nation’s vets who want leadership from Commander-in-Chief
    — Frank LoBiondo (@RepLoBiondo) May 21, 2014

Rep. Tim Huelskamp (R-Kan.), a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, issued a series of critical tweets.

    Pres says will not tolerate misconduct...but has for 7 years #WeNeedSolutionsForVets
    — Cong. Tim Huelskamp (@CongHuelskamp) May 21, 2014

    Slashed backlog in half...that's a lie because they cooked the books #LiesYouTell
    — Cong. Tim Huelskamp (@CongHuelskamp) May 21, 2014

    Blah Blah Blah…when will Pres actually step up to leadership plate? #WeNeedSolutionsForVets
    — Cong. Tim Huelskamp (@CongHuelskamp) May 21, 2014

Huelskamp also questioned why Shinseki did not appear at the press conference.

Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) tweeted that Obama does “a terrible job” running government.

    For someone like @BarackObama who loves big gov't & views it as the solution to all our problems, he sure does a terrible job running it...
    — Rep. Jeff Duncan (@RepJeffDuncan) May 21, 2014

Another GOP lawmaker, Rep. Paul Cook (Calif.), dismissed Obama’s remarks as “rhetoric.” Cook also serves on the House Veterans' Affairs Committee.

    #Veterans have been on wait lists long enough. It’s time for action not rhetoric Mr. President.
    — Rep. Paul Cook (@RepPaulCook) May 21, 2014

Obama said he expects to review initial results of an investigation into the allegations next week. He said full results will be released in June.

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Re: GOP blasts Obama's remarks on VA
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2014, 03:09:02 PM »
McCain carries a very big amount of clout with the voting public. He's a heavy weight. He's been there, and done that.

By comparison, Rand Paul, Marco Rubio, Ted Crus are newcomers and lightweights. Huckabee, Santorum never served. Perry served in the Air Force.

That is what the world looks like, when one removes their "everything is partisan politics" glasses.
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Re: GOP blasts Obama's remarks on VA
« Reply #2 on: May 21, 2014, 03:57:55 PM »
IF the allegations prove to be true???

How many dead veterans does he need? (I think I heard that asked already!)

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