Graham campaign slams Washington Post over 'hit job'
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Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Overnight Defense: Graham clashed with Pentagon chief over Syria | Talk grows that Trump will fire Coats | Coast Guard officer accused of domestic terrorism plot Graham cursed at acting DOD chief, declaring himself his 'adversary' MORE's presidential campaign is hitting back at The Washington Post for a story that raised questions about the South Carolina Republican's military service.   

"The Washington Post today attacked Senator Graham's distinguished record of 33 years of military service. It was nothing more than a political hit job," Christian Ferry, Graham's campaign manager, said in an email to supporters on Monday. "It is journalism at its worst." 
According to the Post article, Graham got "special treatment as a lawmaker" including Air Force promotions, but spent little time in uniform or training. 
In one example, the South Carolina Republican was promoted to lieutenant colonel and colonel in the Judge Advocate General's Corps, while only receiving credit for 108 hours of training in roughly the same time period, according to the Post
Ferry said the newspaper didn't focus on the "glowing, on the record comments" that the senator received from his senior officers. 
"The bottom line is, Senator Graham served his country with honor. For his service in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Air Force awarded him both the Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star," he said. "This article is nothing but irresponsible." 
The Post article also notes that, based on the paper's analysis of records, Graham "gave inaccurate public descriptions of his job assignment." 
The 2016 hopeful has put his military service at the center of his campaign, playing up his foreign policy experience and his hawkish stance on national security issues. 
For example, his campaign website cites Graham's 33 years in the military to underscore how he "has shown time and again that he is willing to make the difficult decisions to secure America and her future." The homepage for his campaign website also includes a photo and video of Graham in uniform and refers to the South Carolina Republican as a "battle-tested leader." 
Craig Whitlock, the Washington Post journalist who wrote the article, said afterward that the senator's campaign "calls this story 'a political hit job.' But doesn't dispute any of the facts."