Obama to Focus on Veterans' Issues Today

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From CBS News' Maria Gavrilovic:

CHICAGO -- Barack Obama makes his way out west today, where he will begin a three day swing through the battleground states of New Mexico, Nevada, and Colorado. He will be campaigning with Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., in Las Cruces, N.M. at a town hall meeting focusing on veterans' issues.

John McCain has recently called into question Obama's credibility on veterans' issues, which Obama vehemently defends. On Saturday, he told reporters, "My grandfather was a veteran. Those veterans benefits helped my grandparents to raise my mother. I have veterans throughout the state of Illinois that I've been fighting for since I came into the United States Senate and, well, I will continue to advocate fiercely on their behalf."

Obama has been jabbing McCain recently for his opposition to the current GI Bill, accusing him of believing that the benefits are "too generous."

"Part of what he's arguing is that we won't be able to retain people because people will go get a college education instead of staying in the Army," Obama recently said. "That's not a good argument."

The McCain campaign said this a "brazen move" for Obama to go after McCain exclusively on the issue since, they argue, that there is considerable opposition to the bill. According to one McCain campaign staffer, "He's trying his best to make vets issues about politics and spin. It's frankly unbelievable of him."