But the spot is drawing incoming fire from both sides of the aisle.On CBS's "Face the Nation," Hagel (Republican Senator Chuck Hagel who accompanied Obama) agreed with Obama that since his campaign was funding his visit to Germany "it would have been inappropriate for him and certainly he would have been criticized by the McCain people and the press" for him to visit the military hospital, saying he would have been "accused of using our wounded men and women as props for his campaign."
Hagel added that he was also troubled by McCain's remarks that Obama "would rather lose a war in order to win a campaign."
"I think John is treading on some very thin ground here when he impugns motives and when we start to get into, 'You're less patriotic than me. I’m more patriotic,' ” Hagel said.Obama campaign spokesman Tommy Vietor said Obama and McCain both believed that troops should be honored and noted that Obama had visited troops in Iraq and Afghanistan last week and had made numerous trips to Washington's Walter Reed Army Medical Center. ''Senator McCain knows full well that Senator Obama strongly supports and honors our troops, which is what makes this attack so disingenuous. This politicization of our soldiers is exactly what Senator Obama sought to avoid,'' Vietor said.
TPJ: Obama did, however, get a chance to speak with many of them by phone. This kind of attack smacks of serious desperation on the part of the McCain camp and is wildly inappropriate, especially for a war veteran. McCain seems only interested at this point in whining and low blow attacks instead of talking about the issues that matter most to Americans. I think that this is because that most Americans don't agree with him on many of the important issues but especially the economy, Iraq and health care. He's desperate and when Republicans like him are desperate they turn to Rovian slime ball tactics.