AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine Gov. Paul LePage is continuing to blast Democrats for rejecting a bill to allow uniformed military recruiters equal access to schools as other career recruiters.
LePage used a ceremony honoring Maine Korean War Veterans Thursday to criticize the bill's failure in the Democratic-led Legislature. LePage signed a proclamation making Saturday Maine Korean War Veteran Recognition Day.
The Republican governor says the Vietnam War was "probably the most embarrassing war'' for the U.S. in its treatment of veterans when they returned. He says he was hoping to "never see that again until recently it showed its ugly face'' in Maine's Legislature.
The bill's opponents say there is no evidence the restriction of uniformed military recruiters is a problem in Maine schools.
Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves of North Berwick, who supported the bill, says in a statement that "it's a shame'' LePage "continues to drag our men and women in military into this unnecessary political fight.''
LePage says he plans to reintroduce the bill in January.
Editor's Note: This story was updated 2:46 PM ET to add comment from House Speaker Mark Eves.