Via Washington Examiner:
Former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs suggested that Chuck Hagel’s experience as a soldier in Vietnam gives him more credibility on national security issues than Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who was a naval pilot in Vietnam.
“I think the notion in some ways to say ‘because Chuck Hagel doesn’t believe what John McCain says you question his judgment’ [is wrong],” Gibbs said today on Meet the Press. “I think for somebody that– that– that carried a gun in the jungles of Vietnam, I’m going to trust their ability besides a group of politicians.”
Hagel and McCain both served their country very honorably. McCain, of course, served as a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy. He spent five-and-a-half years being tortured as a prisoner-of-war after being shot down over Vietnam. His captors offered to release him at a politically-convenient moment, but he refused.