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Clinton Has Been Hypocritical On The VA

- October 11, 2015

Clinton Was Silent During The 2014 VA Crisis Which Resulted In Deaths Of American Veterans.  “Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is so far silent on allegations that hospital officials doctored paperwork to cover long wait times for veterans seeking care, but as a 2008 presidential candidate she harshly criticized the care of veterans under President Bush.” (Andrew Kaczynski, “Hillary Clinton Criticized VA Care Of Veterans Under Bush,” BuzzFeed, 5/29/14)

  • However, When No Scandal Existed In 2008, Clinton Complained That “We Haven’t Funded The VA. We Have So Many Coming Home Who Are Injured And Not Being Taken Care Of.”  “‘As a President, President Bush has not done what we needed to do for our veterans,’ Clinton said at an El Paso, Texas campaign event in February of 2008. ‘We haven’t funded the VA. We have so many coming home who are injured and not being taken care of. I think it is the highest obligation of the President, who is also our commander in chief, to take care of those who have served our nation.’” (Andrew Kaczynski, “Hillary Clinton Criticized VA Care Of Veterans Under Bush,” BuzzFeed, 5/29/14)
  • Clinton Also Called The Bush Administration’s Approach To Veterans “Cold-Hearted.”  “Clinton called the Bush administration’s attention to veterans "cold-hearted," and called Walter Reed Army Medical Center ‘a disgrace.’ Both comments received cheers of approval from the crowd. ‘Every veteran will receive benefits they have earned and the assistance they need right from the start,’ she said. ‘No more long waits to get an appointment. No more miles of red tape. If you need it, you will get it and we will end the cold-hearted policies that this administration has pursued, like trying to take signing bonuses away from injured soldiers.’" (David Doerr, “At Waco Rally, Clinton Questions Obama’s Ability To Make Tough Decisions,” The Waco Tribune-Herald, 3/1/08)

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