CHARLESTON, West Virginia (CNN) - Barack Obama became the latest Democrat to criticize presumptive Republican nominee John McCain Monday for his lack of support for a bi-partisan veterans benefits bill its sponsors have dubbed a "new GI Bill of Rights."
"John McCain is one of the few senators of either party who oppose this bill because he thinks it's too generous," said Obama. "I could not disagree with him more. At a time when the skyrocketing cost of tuition is pricing thousands of Americans out of a college education, we should be doing everything we can to give the men and women who have risked their lives for this country the chance to pursue their American Dream."
In a statement, McCain spokesman Tucker Bounds called it "absurd" for Obama to question McCain’s commitment to America’s veterans "when Obama himself voted against funding our nation’s veterans, and troops in the field during a time of war."
Earlier this year, retired Army Gen. Wes Clark and other Democratic activists launched petition drives targeting the Arizona senator for his opposition to the measure, which was introduced by Democratic Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia and Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska.