Presidential candidate John McCain appeared at a town hall meeting in New Mexico today. And, for some reason, tacitly endorsed the draft.
It all went down when an audience member turned the topic toward veteran’s rights and said, quite astoundingly, “If we don’t reenact the draft I don’t think we will have anyone to chase Bin Laden to the gates of hell.”
To this McCain replied, “Ma’am let me say that I don’t disagree with anything you said and thank you and I am grateful for your support of all of our veterans.”
So McCain would rather force America’s young men to serve in the military than lift Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, which has deprived our military of an estimated 12,000 able soldiers? That’s simply mind boggling.
Watch the video above. We’ve included a transcript after the jump…
Audience Member: Senator McCain I truly hope you get the opportunity to chase Bin Laden right to the gates of hell and push him in as you stated on your forum. I do have a question though. Disable veterans, especially in this state have horrible conditions, their medical is substandard. They drive four hours one way to Albuquerque for a simple doctors appointment which is often canceled. Our VA hospital is dirty it is understaffed, it is running on maximum overload. The prescription medicines are ten years behind standard medical care we have seven hundred claims stacked up at the VA office in Albuquerque some of them are ten and seven years old waiting to be processed in the mean time these people are homeless. My son is an officer in the Air Force, and I am a vet and I was raised in a military family. I think it is a sad state of affairs when we have illegal aliens having a Medicaid card that can access specialist top physicians, the best of medical and our vets can’t even get to a doctor. These are the people that we tied yellow ribbons for and Bush patted on the back. If we don’t reenact the draft I don’t think we will have anyone to chase Bin Laden to the gates of hell.
McCain: Ma’am let me say that I don’t disagree with anything you said and thank you and I am grateful for your support of all of our veterans.