This is Not a Flip-Flop: McCain Applauds Webb's GI Bill
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) announced his support today for a popular veterans' education proposal after the bill was tweaked to allow soldiers to transfer the benefits to family members. That change, McCain contends, will provide incentive for troops to remain in uniform longer -- a provision he says is vital for an all-volunteer military.
That was right before it was voted on.
“There are fundamental differences,” McCain told Politico. “He creates a new bureaucracy and new rules. His bill offers the same benefits whether you stay three years or longer. We want to have a sliding scale to increase retention. I haven’t been in Washington, but my staff there said that his has not been eager to negotiate.”
That's from way back in April: http://www.salon.com/2008/04/30/webb_mccain/