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October 4th, 2012
11:14 AM ET

Sen. John McCain: Obama 'rusty,' but Romney came across as himself

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) joined “Starting Point” early Thursday to weigh in on the first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and President Obama. McCain argues that Romney preformed well offering specifics on the budget and Medicare whereas the president failed to defend his record.

“I think [the president] was fairly rusty. He has had four years relatively unchallenged in the things that he has said,” McCain adds. “Mitt went through a very tough primary, as we all know. I think that showed up last night. I would not underestimate the president of the United States in the next couple of debates and I don't think Mitt will either.”

McCain argues Romney will need to focus on the reality and "facts" of America’s current situation abroad in the next presidential debate, which will focus on foreign policy. “We're in retreat, withdrawal, Iraq is unraveling, Al Qaeda is on the upswing every place in the Middle East. This terrible stuff that's going on of Afghans in uniform killing Americans in uniform. All the president has done has announced withdrawals, withdrawals,” McCain says.

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