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‘Disgraceful’ – Republican Rivals Hit Trump For Attacking John McCain’s War Service

Alex Pappas Political Reporter

The Republicans running for president reacted strongly Saturday against Donald Trump saying John McCain is no war hero because he was “captured” as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Many GOP candidates weighed in on Trump’s comments: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie all tweeted their disagreement.

Perry also released a statement saying: “Donald Trump should apologize immediately for attacking Senator McCain and all veterans who have protected and served our country…His comments have reached a new low in American politics. His attack on veterans make him unfit to be commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, and he should immediately withdraw from the race for president.”

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the Republican National Committee also took issue with Trump’s remarks.

Trump first made the comments during the Family Leadership Summit in Iowa on Saturday.

“He’s a war hero because he was captured,” Trump said sarcastically when asked about McCain. “I like people who weren’t captured, I hate to tell you.”

In a subsequent statement, Trump added: “I am not a fan [of] John McCain because he has done so little for our veterans and he should know better than anybody what the veterans need, especially in regards to the VA. He is yet another all talk, no action politician who spends too much time on television and not enough time doing his job and helping the vets.”

McCain spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, where he was tortured.

The two Republicans have been feuding in recent days, with McCain criticizing Trump’s campaign and Trump encouraging other Republicans to primary the Arizona senator in 2016.

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