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McCain: Obama endangering nation's safety

Posted October 9, 2012

— U.S. Sen. John McCain told North Carolina veterans Tuesday that a victory by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney would make the U.S. safer from global threats.

Speaking at VFW Post 7383 in Cary, McCain said President Barack Obama has endangered the nation's safety by cutting military spending and by demonstrating what McCain called a lack of leadership in the Middle East.

The Arizona senator, who lost to Obama in 2008, blasted the president for overriding the advice of some military leaders, saying the planned U.S. exit from Afghanistan in 2014 will clear the way for a resurgence of the Taliban and al-Qaeda.

McCain described the foreign policy speech that Romney delivered at Virginia Military Institute on Monday as strong and "Reagan-esque."

"I think he's a sharp contrast, because he believes that we should lead and he believes that this president is not leading, and therefore, there's a perception of weakness throughout the world," he said.

The Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, which killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three staffers, was orchestrated by terrorists, McCain said. Initial claims that the attack was spontaneous are proof that American intelligence efforts fell short or the Obama administration tried to spin the story, he said.

"People have a responsibility to be accountable. We intend to hold them accountable," he said. "The American people would get an entirely different brand of leadership with Mitt Romney as president."

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Democratic 4th District Congressman David Price said polls show voters give Obama high marks on foreign policy, especially for killing al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden.

"It seems to me that's a very steep hill they've got to climb to try to make this president out to be some kind of foreign policy failure. It's one of his strongest suits," Price said.

McCain also blamed Obama for the automatic budget cuts slated to take effect in January, including $55 million from defense spending. A deficit-cutting deal would head off the cuts, which could cost the state thousands of jobs, but McCain complained that the president wants to include tax increases in any deal.

"That's not the way you negotiate," he said. "That's not the way Reagan negotiated. That's not the way Clinton negotiated. This president has no relations with the Republicans and, frankly, not much with the Democrats."

He acknowledged that Republicans in Congress bear some responsibility for the impending budget cuts, but said Obama has failed to take the lead on the issue.

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"One of the things we saw for two years, when the president had overwhelming majorities in the House and Senate, (was) he never sat down with us. Not once," he said.

Price said the only reason there's no budget deal is that the GOP has been trying to bring government in Washington, D.C., to a halt for the past two years.

"It's got to involve the Republican Party getting off this tea party posture that they've adopted in recent years and coming to the table like reasonable people – like grown-ups – to get our country's problems addressed," he said.

After the Cary stop, McCain visited the North Carolina Veterans Park in Fayetteville on Tuesday afternoon with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a fellow member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Graham also was to hold another veterans rally in Wilmington on Tuesday evening.

Graham, McCain and 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers told the veterans in Cary that their votes could be crucial to the presidential election, and they asked them to help turn out the military vote for Romney.

Romney will visit Asheville on Thursday, and U.S. House Speaker John Boehner will appear in Raleigh on Romney's behalf on Saturday.

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  • Skywatch_NC Oct 11, 3:54 p.m.

    You have got to be kidding. Vote for President Obama. Make the right choice.

    Charm, you have got to be kidding ...after these 4 years of "change" for the "better".

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 11, 10:59 a.m.

    and the party for that matter, are just wrong for our country.

    And you think Romney and his side kick is the right ones. You have got to be kidding. Vote for President Obama. Make the right choice.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 11, 10:56 a.m.

    The Democrats just can't accept the fact that their fearful leader,

    Seems to me, the Republicans are afraid if what is going to happen. Don't be afraid, the democrats has your back. We will not allow you to fall. Vote for President Obama, the man that know exactly what he is doing. Romney, I tell is all for himself. He cares nothing for the "47%". These are words out of his mouth.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Oct 11, 10:54 a.m.

    President Obama has not endangered anyone. Who was the president (Bush) when the towers was destroy, plane crash, many, many killed by the enemy of the 911 diaster. Was Bush doing his job then? Why not? He was found in a school talking to children. The enemies slipped in on Bush. This has not happen on President Obama's watch, has it?

  • WooHoo2You Oct 10, 4:38 p.m.

    BubbaDukeforPresident,

    -The Democrats just can't accept the fact that their fearful leader, and the party for that matter, are just wrong for our country.

    Because you are in a position to judge?

    - Democrats are wrong on national defense.

    Because they believe we should not spend 20 percent of our federal budget playing policeman of the world and dictating policy to nations on the other side of the world who are of no threat to us? "Wrong" I know....

    - They are wrong on taxation.

    'Tax and spend is a problem' but 'not taxing and still spending' is worse.

    - They are wrong on entitlement programs. They are wrong on education, wrong on the role of government, wrong on moral issues, wrong on economic issues, wrong on foreign policy....basically - Democrats can do nothing right.

    Yadda Yadda Yadda….bet you claim to be impartial!

    - the GOP represents everything right about America.

    Your post just shows how closed minded many in your party are to outside ideas.

  • BubbaDukeforPresident Oct 10, 3:59 p.m.

    The Democrats just can't accept the fact that their fearful leader, and the party for that matter, are just wrong for our country. Democrats are wrong on national defense. They are wrong on taxation. They are wrong on entitlement programs. They are wrong on education, wrong on the role of government, wrong on moral issues, wrong on economic issues, wrong on foreign policy....basically - Democrats can do nothing right.

    McCain is a RINO, but he does have a lot of experience both serving in the military and on our national defense committees to know that Obama has done as much to endanger America as he has in setting back race relations 60 years. Obama is the fruit of everything wrong about the Democratic Party. In comparison, the GOP represents everything right about America.

  • Plum Tuckered Oct 10, 3:19 p.m.

    Once again, the Republicans play the fear card.

  • workinghuman33 Oct 10, 3:00 p.m.

    it IS also a Federal Courthouse- and like most courthouses, it has security. IF by some horrible chance, something happened there (and there was no security), you would be crying from the rooftops that Obama wasn't strong enough on security at Federal sites. LOL-dwntwnboy"

    Whatever do you mean? Do you mean like something that happened on April 19th, 1995 at 9:02 am? Although the Federal Courthouse was a block away from the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Downtown Oklahoma City, we didn't even have metal detectors in the Federal Courthouse Building until after the bombing when the courthouse was eventually re-opened. You are absolutely right that if something happened at this point at any Federal Courthouse Obama would somehow be blamed. I am surprised that Obama hasn't been blamed yet for us not having much of a winter last year and the reason we have had West Nile in mosquitos this year.

  • Nancy Oct 10, 2:55 p.m.

    Obama doesn't care - he and his buddy Harvey Weinstein put together a documentary to be released on TV two days before the election, about the killing of OBL.

    He'll be too busy with the election to care about the fallout from that.

  • dwntwnboy Oct 10, 2:41 p.m.

    "at least the post office in downtown raleigh is safe, outside federal security guard all day, keeping guard.... good use of homeland security"- well, it IS also a Federal Courthouse- and like most courthouses, it has security. IF by some horrible chance, something happened there (and there was no security), you would be crying from the rooftops that Obama wasn't strong enough on security at Federal sites. LOL

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