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GOP presidential candidates slam Trump comments on McCain

In this photo taken July 7, 2015, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. 
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
In this photo taken July 7, 2015, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Republican presidential candidates on Saturday quickly denounced comments made in Iowa by GOP hopeful Donald Trump about Sen. John McCain.

Trump, who has been feuding with McCain, R-Arizona, over immigration, said at an event that McCain is "not a war hero."

“He was a war hero because he was captured," Trump said. "I like people who weren’t captured.”

McCain was a Navy pilot whose plane was shot down in Vietnam. He spent more than five years as a prisoner of war in a notorious camp known as the Hanoi Hilton.

GOP candidates and the Republican National Committee issued statements, mostly on Twitter, responding to Trump.

Here are some:

Carly Fiorina
McCain "served w honor&courage-proud to call him a friend. GOP voters deserve better than outrageous statements & personal attacks."

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry
“Donald Trump should apologize immediately for attacking Senator McCain and all veterans who have protected and served our country. As a veteran and an American, I respect Sen. McCain because he volunteered to serve his country. I cannot say the same of Mr. Trump. His comments have reached a new low in American politics. His attack on veterans make him unfit to be Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, and he should immediately withdraw from the race for President.”

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush
"Enough with the slanderous attacks. @SenJohnMcCain and all our veterans - particularly POWs have earned our respect and admiration."

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

"@SenJohnMcCain is an American hero, period. I’ll denounce any attack against his service and anyone else who wears the uniform."

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham

"If there was ever any doubt that @realDonaldTrump should not be our commander in chief, this stupid statement should end all doubt. (McCain) like every other POW, went through hell & has earned our respect & gratitude."

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio

"America’s POWs deserve much better than to have their service questioned by the offensive rantings of Donald Trump."

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul

"I don't always see eye to eye with @SenJohnMcCain. But I honor his service and the sacrifices he made for our country."

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

"I know @SenJohnMcCain. Senator John McCain is an American hero. Period. Stop."

Republican National Committee communications director Sean Spicer

"Senator McCain is an American hero because he served his country and sacrificed more than most can imagine. Period. There is no place in our party or our country for comments that disparage those who have served honorably.”