Iowa McCain, Obama camps trading blasts

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Iowa Supporters of GOP presidential candidate John McCain on Tuesday derided Barack Obama's foreign policy experience.

That prompted in-state backers of the likely Democratic nominee to bemoan what they said is the Republican's negative campaigning.

Supporters of McCain on Tuesday discussed a campaign video that accused Obama of shifting positions on Iraq for political gains and noted his lack of military service. They also derided Obama's current trip to the Mideast and Europe.

"John McCain doesn't need to make campaign stops overseas in an attempt to beef up his foreign policy credentials," retired Maj. Gen. Evan Hultman said at a Statehouse news conference.

Obama supporters, including state Attorney General Tom Miller, responded that such statements and a new McCain television commercial that blames Obama for high gasoline prices were "politics as usual."

"John McCain had said he would conduct a positive campaign, so it's particularly disappointing to see him turning to these negative ads," Miller said.

At the Obama news conference, Miller was joined by more than a dozen veterans who support Obama.

Hultman was also joined by more than a dozen veterans at an event that focused on McCain's years of experience on foreign policy issues.

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