Senator John McCain offered a strong endorsement of Governor Mitt Romney’s performance in the face of what he called President Barack Obama’s “undeniable” foreign policy failures before Monday night's debate.
McCain said that Romney had an excellent night in Boca Raton, Fla. spotlighting that the candidate’s best moments were when he matched up the foreign policy with the slow-growing economy at home.
“I thought his best moment was when he ties our economy, and the need for a strong economy and jobs, to our national security,” McCain said. “Because then we bring up the President’s economic record, a record that he cannot defend.”
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McCain told the Palm Beach Post before the debate that a Romney presidency would be far more effective than what he called a “feckless foreign policy,” comments that he echoed after the debate as well.
“America would lead,” McCain said the principle difference in policies would be. “Second of all, we wouldn’t have a debacle like just happened in Libya. Third of all, we would certainly not be saying that sequester is not going to happen. Sequester is the law right now. Sequester is going to take place. [It is] a devastating cut to our defense on the first of January. The President just said it’s not going to happen. Well, we’ve been begging the President to sit down with us and make sure that it doesn’t happen. He has refused to do so.”
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Saying that his Polish friends have not forgotten that the administration pulled the missile defense system out of their country, he called the action proof that Obama is working with countries that are not necessarily favorable for us — or, at least are not clearly allies.
“They called the Polish government in the middle of the night and told them they were going to be pulling the plug on missile defense,” McCain said. “That was some kind of agreement that they made with the Russians and it was very disrespectful to our Polish allies.”
Overall, calling the foreign policy of the last four years a failure, McCain pointed to the two issues that dominated a large portion of the debate: Israel and Iran.
“I think the reality is that the relations with Israel are very bad,” he reiterated. “As Governor Romney said, four years have gone by and the Iranians have continued to progress toward the acquisition of a nuclear weapon. That can’t be viewed as success.”
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