- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Democratic congressional candidate Clay Aiken said Wednesday that “at the end of the day,” President Obama is responsible for the Veterans Affairs scandal.

“I certainly think the president is responsible for it at the end of the day,” he said on CNN, Politico reported. “He is the Commander-in-Chief of the military, he is the executive. The buck has to stop with him.”

The comments come after the president finally held a press conference Wednesday to address reports that dozens of veterans died due to preventable delays at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

“I think people should all be very frustrated with the disorganization, to put it lightly, of the VA,” said Mr. Aiken, whose brother is an Iraq veteran.

“At the end of the day we’re spending a lot of money on the VA and it’s not being used responsibly,” he said, Politico reported. “We all need to be paying attention to that. Congress needs to be paying closer attention to it and the executive branch does as well.”

The N.C. House hopeful wasn’t the only Democrat to lash out at Mr. Obama on Wednesday.

Georgia Rep. David Scott took to the House floor and said: “I listened to the President today, and I was very disappointed with President Obama today. There was no urgency. Mr. President, we need urgency, we need you to roll up our sleeves and get into these hospitals!”

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