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McCain, Obama Campaigns Hold Dueling Va Veteran Events

Anita Kumar

Sen. John McCain's campaign announced today the Virginia Veterans for McCain, a statewide group that will work to bolster the presumptive Republican presidential nominee's support within the veterans' community in the state.

The organization boasts members from various generations, including veterans from World War II to the raq war, in all of the state's 11 congressional districts.

"John McCain has the experience, judgment and character to lead this country as commander-in-chief,'' group chairman Paul Galanti said. "John and I were both POWs, and I know he has an unshakeable character and unwavering dedication to country; always putting country above himself."

Virginia's Veterans for McCain held press conferences today in Arlington and Virginia Beach to formally announce its formation. In a sign that voters should expect a grueling battle for the state's 13 electoral voters, Sen. Barack Obama's campaign decided to hold its own events today.

Retired military officials gathered in Arlington to announce support for Obama, the presumptive Democratic nominee.

"If you think we need to make a change, if you think it's time for our men and women to come home from Iraq, time to finish the job against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and time to re-establish American leadership by strengthening our alliances and engaging in tough, principled diplomacy, then vote for Barack Obama when you step in the booth in November," Adm. David R. Oliver Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.) said. "As a veteran and military leader whose first priority is America's security, that's what I'm going to do."

By Anita Kumar  |  July 21, 2008; 3:48 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Barack Obama , Election 2008/President , John McCain  
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