Comments on: On veterans education bill, Dole backs Obama over McCain Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: Bob Dole Tue, 27 May 2008 21:10:59 +0000 Your story on May 23 about veterans education is a real stretch. I never mentioned Obama. I said it should be paid for and pointed out McCain’s idea of more service, greater benefits was a sound approach. Maybe you missed part of my answer.

Have a good day.


By: Jack from Kansas Mon, 26 May 2008 21:10:25 +0000 Like Dole who is from my state, I haven’t read the bill. Didn’t know it wasn’t a requirement to read a bill before voteing on it. Wonder if either McCain or Obama have read it before making their comments? When I was in college in the mid to late ’60s my best friend attended on his GI benefits and helped him and his family alot.

By: windy Mon, 26 May 2008 00:54:56 +0000 I believe Senator McCain has again been misunderstood.

At any rate, from what I’ve heard from Senator Obama, I do not believe he will do anything he says he will do. He seems to be parroting what others are saying that sounds good. I have absolutely no confidence in his words at all and there are no past actions in which to reference his deeds, including his voting record or anything in his past that would lead me to believe his word is good.

We truly know little about this young man except what’s coming out of his mouth. He is definately good at words.

Now, Senator McCain has a proven record, especially with his military service and his dedication to veterans. He will go over and beyond for our veterans because he has said he will. From Senator McCain’s past record, I believe him. I do not believe Senator Obama.

By: Jack Sat, 24 May 2008 04:54:40 +0000 I don’t know if this is a correct “paraphrase” or not, but I’ll give Mr. Mikkelsen the benefit of the doubt, i.e., “McCain said the Senate bill would encourage too many soldiers to leave the military after one term.”

Using that as a pivot point, I’ll now say this.

If there is one thing that will encourage Our Best & Finest to ETS at the end of one, two, three or any number of enlistments…it is neglecting them, e.g., why in the world does the president of the United States have to inspect substandard barracks in order to certify their demolition?

Insofar as the GI Bill (regardless of which war) is concerned: My father used it after he separated as an infantry captain in 1946, upon returning from World War II (Germany). I used it while still on active duty after returning from Vietnam in 1967.

The bigger the benefits the better, in my view.

Number crunching a GI Bill (or any other Veteran benefit) is pretty stupid politically…and particularly if the politician doing the crunching is running for president in the middle of a war!

Nobody will remember the technicalities of why Mr. McCain didn’t vote for the latest rendition of the GI Bill. All that will be remembered is that he didn’t vote to improve the lot of Our Best & Finest.

What could this man be thinking? Perhaps it is as they say, that Mr. McCain’s mind is wandering off in the same direction of that of Mr. Bush, i.e., uncharted territory where no man has gone before (and shouldn’t).