MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow talked to Paul Rieckhoff who is executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of American. The group has released a new report that grades Congress on their record of supporting veteran’s issues.
“Sen. John McCain may be the combat veteran and son and grandson of admirals, but he rates only a D when it comes to supporting veterans issues, according to the “Congressional Report Card” just issued by the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.”
“Sen. Barack Obama is no veteran, but his votes in the U.S, Senate over the past year earned him a B, says IAVA executive director Paul Rieckhoff.”
“The report card rates every member of the Senate and House, he said, and with it ‘people can find out who in Washington really supports Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and who’s full of hot air.'”
“IAVA is not endorsing either presidential candidate, Rieckhoff said, but in a conference call interview with media it was the voting records of McCain and Obama that got all the focus.”
This video is from MSNBC’s The Rachel Maddow Show, broadcast October 8, 2008.