Arizona Sen. John McCain turned to Twitter Thursday night to slam President Barack Obama for failing to visit vets during his trip to Phoenix.
The veterans had lined up on the street in their wheelchairs outside the Veterans Affairs hospital at the center of the VA scandal to watch the president go by.
"Pres Obama's motorcade rolls by #Phoenix VA today, but he refuses to stop & visit vets - sad," McCain tweeted.
The senator, who ran against Obama for president in 2008, also released a statement about the incident.
“This morning, veterans in wheelchairs lined the sidewalk outside Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center in Phoenix and watched President Obama’s motorcade pass by without stopping on its way to Central High School, just around the block – one mile away," McCain said.
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"It is deeply disappointing that the president refused to take time to visit the veterans at the Phoenix VA, where the national scandal of mismanagement in VA health care first surfaced this spring," he added. "There is much more work to be done to restore veterans’ confidence in the VA system responsible for their care, and a visit by the president would have made clear that it is a key priority."
"Unfortunately, President Obama missed another opportunity to do right by those who have served and sacrificed on our nation’s behalf," McCain concluded.
Earlier in the day, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus ripped Obama for skipping an opportunity to visit the Veterans Affairs hospital.
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