Webb Joins Clark Brouhaha; McCain Camp Strikes Back

More words over politicizing military service
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 1, 2008 6:50 PM CDT
James Webb, left, during a Nov. 29, 2007, visit to a joint U.S.- Iraqi security station in Ramadi.   (AP Photo/Office of Sen. James Webb, Gordon Peterson)
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(Newser) – James Webb said yesterday that John McCain should “calm down” regarding the politicizing of his military service, prompting an angry response today. McCain's campaign alleged a “coordinated attack on John McCain’s credentials.” But no Democrat—including Wesley Clark—has “demeaned” McCain’s service, Greg Sargent writes for Talking Points Memo.

The Virginia senator and potential Obama running mate broached the topic unprompted in a TV appearance, the Hill reports. The ex-Navy Secretary called for McCain to stop “standing up and uttering your political views and implying that all the people in the military support them—because they don’t.”