A government watchdog uncovered further evidence of delays in care at the Department of Veterans Affairs the same day Hillary Clinton's campaign doubled down on comments blaming Republicans for exaggerating the VA's problems.

After Clinton took fire for suggesting last week that the VA wait-time scandal has "not been as widespread as it has been made out to be," her campaign spokesman called it a "systemic problem" and an "outrage."

The spokesman's contradictory words came within hours of the release of a VA inspector general review that detailed a familiar failure in veterans' healthcare.

A veteran in his 70s who was having difficulty swallowing died after his doctors failed to schedule an appointment for him, according to an inspector general report made public Wednesday.

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