McCain: Obama response to Libya was ‘fine’ but policy is ‘feckless’

September 13, 2012

ABC News caught up with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who was happy to criticize President Obama's foreign policy -- just not his response to the attacks in Libya.

"As far as Libya is concerned, I see no -- I think it was fine," he said of the Obama administration response. He did say the statement from the Cairo Embassy "was rather weak," but that we should focus on the victims and their families right now. Asked about Mitt Romney's harsh condemnation of Obama's response, McCain said he hadn't seen the statement and couldn't comment. 

More broadly, however, McCain argued that Obama "does not believe in American exceptionalism" and Romney "has all the right instincts." And in a separate interview with NBC's "Today," McCain accused Obama of pursuing a "feckless foreign policy" -- an accusation he first levied months ago, in response to the crisis in Syria.  

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