John McCain's campaign issued an outraged statement on Sunday following the remarks of retired General, Wesley Clark, who said he didn't see McCain's service as a fighter pilot and prisoner of war is a qualification to be president.
I think that that kind of thing is unnecessary. I am proud of my record of service. I have plenty of friends and leaders who will attest to that, McCain said at a press conference in Harrisburg, PA., according to FOX news.
If that's the kind of campaign that Senator Obama and his surrogates and his supporters want to wage, I understand that, but it doesn't reduce the price of a gallon of gas by one penny, it doesn't achieve our energy independence-make it come any closer….I intend to, in this campaign to discuss challenges we face, things like the Lexington Project, and many other proposals and ideas and a plan of action that I have to help the families of this nation.
During an interview with CBS on Sunday, Clark, who is a military adviser for Obama, attacked McCain's military record by noting that he hasn't held executive responsibility, and that his Navy squadron wasn't a wartime squadron.
I don't think getting in a fighter plane and getting shot down is a qualification to become president, Clark added.
McCain's campaign held a conference call with a few supporters who attacked the Clark remark and former Presidential candidate and veteran Bob Dole issued a statement today noting that Clark should have stayed in bed Sunday morning.
The attack by General Wesley Clark on Senator John McCain's war record and qualifications for the presidency is beyond comprehension. Clark's absurd remarks signal further erosion in our nation's political discourse. He should have stayed in bed Sunday morning, Dole said in a statement.
It's unfortunate that a former General who ran for the presidency on his own war record thinks it appropriate to attack a distinguished veteran and former prisoner-of-war in this way.