FRANKFORT, Ky. (CBSDC/AP) — The Democratic candidate in Kentucky’s Senate race is calling on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign following reports of problems at health care facilities nationwide.
Alison Lundergan Grimes says the government has violated its solemn obligation to its military veterans after 40 people died at a facility in Phoenix while waiting for treatment. The Kentucky secretary of state says the only way the federal government can repair the broken trust with military veterans is to have new leadership at the department.
Grimes has been trying to distance herself from the Obama administration because a majority of Kentucky voters disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance.
Her opponent, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, has said that a VA leadership change might be a good step in the right direction.
A new CBS News poll finds that 33 percent of Americans blame Shinseki and the VA for the problems these health care facilities are facing.
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