McCain rallies NC veterans near Fort Bragg

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) -- There were many military veterans in the crowd that greeted Republican presidential candidate John McCain at a North Carolina rally near Fort Bragg.

McCain told more than 7,000 supporters at a Tuesday evening rally that he has the "scars to prove" his military service. McCain is a former Vietnam war prisoner of war.

A retired soldier says McCain is a true American. Retiree Bob Coghill said McCain will be ready to lead if he is elected president.

But a former Special Forces soldier says he opposes McCain because of the Arizona senator's votes on veterans' benefit issues. Retiree Howard Cunningham says McCain has voted against increased benefits for veterans.

McCain's rally was held in the same Fayetteville coliseum where Democratic candidate Barack Obama held a rally just over a week ago.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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