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Clinton Did Not Mention Veterans Once During First Debate

- November 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton Did Not Mention Veterans Issues Or Even Say The Word “Veteran” During Last Night’s Debate. (Hillary Clinton, Democratic Primary Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)

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Clinton’s Fellow Democrats Touted Their Work, Ties And Commitment To Veterans On Eight Separate Occasions

#1 Webb Touted His Role In Passing The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Of Rights For Veterans. WEBB: “I also wrote and passed the best piece of Veterans education legislation in history, the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.” (Jim Webb, Democrat Primary Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)

#2 Webb Noted His Daughter Amy’s Work With Disabled Veterans. WEBB: “I have five daughters. Amy works with disabled veterans, Sarah is an emergency room nurse, Julia is a massage therapist, Emily and Georgia are still in school. My son Jim fought as an infantry Marine on the bloody streets of Ramadi.” (Jim Webb, Democrat Primary Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)

#3 Webb Noted His Work As Committee Counsel For The Veterans Committee. WEBB: “I came up as a committee counsel in the Congress, used to put dozens of bills through the House floor every year as a committee counsel on the Veterans Committee. I have a very strong feeling about how our federal system works and how we need to lead and energize the congressional process instead of allowing these divisions to continue to paralyze what we're doing.” (Jim Webb, Democrat Primary Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)

#4 Sanders Notes His Work As The Former Chairman Of The Senate Veterans Committee. SANDERS: “I'm the former chairman of the Senate Veterans Committee, and in that capacity I learned a very powerful lesson about the cost of war, and I will do everything that I can to make sure that the United States does not get involved in another quagmire like we did in Iraq, the worst foreign policy blunder in the history of this country.” (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democrat Primary Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)

#5 Sanders Noted His Role In Passing The Post-9/11 G.I. Bill Of Rights For Veterans And Veterans’ Health Care Legislation. SANDERS: “Jim and I, under Jim's leadership, as he indicated, passed the most significant veterans education bill in recent history. We followed suit with a few years later passing, under my leadership, the most significant veterans' health care legislation in the modern history of this country.” (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democrat Primary Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)

#6 Sanders Claimed Congressional Republicans Wanted To Cut Veterans Benefits. SANDERS: “When the Republicans -- when the Republicans in the Congress and some Democrats were talking about cutting Social Security and benefits for disabled veterans, for the so-called chained CPI, I founded a caucus called the Defending Social Security Caucus.” (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democrat Primary Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)

#7 Sanders Defended His Record As Chairman Of The Veterans Affairs Committee. CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER: “Senator Sanders, you talked about your record on the Veteran affairs committee. You served on that committee for the last eight years, including two years as its chairman while veterans died waiting for health care. You and Senator McCain ultimately addressed the issue with bi-partisan legislation. Why did it take 18 Inspector General reports, and a CNN investigation, and others, before you and your colleagues took action?” SANDERS: “Well, I was Chairman for two years, and when I was chairman we did take action. What we did is pass a $15 billion dollar piece of legislation which brought in many, many new doctors, and nurses into the V.A. so that veterans in this country could get the health care when they needed it, and not be on long waiting lines. And, the other part of that legislation said that if a veteran is living more than 40 miles away from a V.A. facility, that veteran could get health care from the community health center, or the private sector. As a result of that legislation, we went further in than any time in recent history in improving health care for the men and women of this country who put their lives on the line to defend them. (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democrat Primary Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)

#8 Sanders Defended His Record As Chairman Of The Veterans Affairs Committee. CNN’S ANDERSON COOPER: “Senator Sanders, you talked about your record on the Veteran affairs committee. You served on that committee for the last eight years, including two years as its chairman while veterans died waiting for health care. You and Senator McCain ultimately addressed the issue with bi-partisan legislation. Why did it take 18 Inspector General reports, and a CNN investigation, and others, before you and your colleagues took action?” SANDERS: “Well, I was Chairman for two years, and when I was chairman we did take action. What we did is pass a $15 billion dollar piece of legislation which brought in many, many new doctors, and nurses into the V.A. so that veterans in this country could get the health care when they needed it, and not be on long waiting lines. And, the other part of that legislation said that if a veteran is living more than 40 miles away from a V.A. facility, that veteran could get health care from the community health center, or the private sector. As a result of that legislation, we went further in than any time in recent history in improving health care for the men and women of this country who put their lives on the line to defend them. (Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democrat Primary Debate, Las Vegas, NV, 10/13/15)


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