Mac, Obama Clash at Memorial Day Rallies

Hopefuls disagree on bill to guarantee college for 3-year vets
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 26, 2008 6:45 PM CDT
Barack Obama, speaks during a Memorial Day town hall-style meeting at the Farm and Ranch Museum in Las Cruces, N.M., Monday, May 26, 2008.    (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
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(Newser) – Barack Obama and John McCain dueled at Memorial Day rallies in New Mexico today, Bloomberg reports. Obama restated his support for a new veterans bill, while McCain said an alternate plan would better reward those who reenlist. "Our bill has a sliding scale," he said, that "increases benefits according to the veteran's length of service."

But Obama did not "understand why John McCain would side with George Bush and oppose our plan to make college more affordable for our veterans." The bill, which offers college scholarships for 3-year veterans, has passed the Senate by a 75-22 margin, and will likely reach the House after its week-long Memorial Day holiday.