Sen. John McCain endorses Romney, slams Obama’s foreign policy
Tampa, FL, United States (4E) – Arizona Sen. John McCain was back at the Republican National Convention (RNC) on Wednesday but this time to support the party’s new presidential nominee Mitt Romney. McCain, who received the distinction four years ago, warned that four more years of Obama administration is something that the country can no longer afford.
The war hero, lawmaker, and prominent member on the Senate Armed Services committee, accused Obama for being responsible in the erosion of U.S. credibility among its key allies in the world stage.
McCain was critical of the president’s policy of not acting to stop the budgetary move by the end of the year that could lead to significant budget cuts in defense totalling $500bn spanning the next 10 years.
Romney, who was in Indianapolis on Wednesday, has been criticized for running a campaign that lacks foreign policy focus. McCain dispelled these concerns through his 12-minute speech before the delegates in the convention and reverberated most of Romney’s attacks on the president’s foreign policy.
McCain stated that Obama failure to lead resulted to squandered opportunities during the Syrian revolt and the Iranian uprising. He also ripped the administration for the premature withdrawal of U.S. troops in Afghanistan and the leakage of sensitive intelligence details to the media.
The Arizona senator was also not impressed with Obama’s approach for multilateral diplomacy through the United Nations since it only allowed other governments like China and Russia to influence American foreign policy by using their veto power.
National security has traditionally been the Republicans’ expertise but polls so far are showing that Obama enjoys high approval ratings for his handling of foreign policy. Democrats are expected to banner their achievements in the national security front in their own convention next week, including the raid that killed Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.