McCain Questions Obama’s Decision to Cancel Troop Visit

By MichaelJames

Jul 26, 2008 5:12pm

ABC News’ Mary Bruce reports: Sen. John McCain suggested today that it is fair game to question Sen. Barack Obama’s decision not to visit wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany during his recent trip to the country.

"If I had been told by the Pentagon that I couldn’t visit those troops, and I was there and wanted to be there, I guarantee you, there would have been a seismic event," McCain told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos in an interview to air Sunday on "This Week".

Obama’s campaign reportedly cancelled the trip because Pentagon officials told the senator he could not make the visit accompanied by his campaign staff and because of concerns that the visit would be viewed as politically motivated.

But McCain questioned his rival’s justification: "I know of no Pentagon regulation that would have prevented him from going there — without the media and the press and all of the associated people. Nothing that I know of would have kept him from visiting those wounded troops."

McCain went on to note that "in Landstuhl, Germany, when I went through, I visited the hospital. … I think people make a judgment by what we do and what we don’t do. He certainly found time to do other things."

Also, in a new ad released today, the McCain campaign criticized Obama for canceling his Landstuhl trip while finding time to work out.

"He made time to go to the gym," the ad said, "but cancelled a visit with wounded troops. Seems the Pentagon wouldn’t allow him to bring cameras. John McCain is always there for our troops."

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