Mitt Romney surrogate Sen. John McCain and possible Romney running mate selection Sen. Kelly Ayotte appeared together on Monday’s Fox & Friends, where the two discussed military budget cuts as well as former VP Dick Cheney‘s recent cutting remarks about McCain’s former VP pick, Sarah Palin.
Host Brian Kilmeade introduced the duo by announcing their tour “warning voters of defense cuts that will reach up to $500 billion over the course of a decade.”
McCain explained that the tour will take them to states hit hardest by what he described as the “draconian cuts,” including Florida, Virginia and New Hampshire, among others.
Sen. Ayotte summed up the tour’s goals:
I think there needs to be a wake-up call not only across America so that we’re here to inform America, it means nearly a million jobs in the defense industrial base, but as Senator McCain has said, our Secretary of Defense has said essentially be shooting ourselves in the head if we go forward in this. Hollowing out our force, jeopardizing our national security. And I think there needs to be a wake-up call to Congress on both sides of the aisle. So not only do we want the American people to know what’s at stake, but members of Congress have to get into action. And where is our President, our commander in chief on this important issue? He’s really been absent and we’re calling on his leadership.
McCain agreed, describing the President as being “M.I.A.” on this matter.
Later, after Kilmeade played a clip of Cheney opining that McCain had made a “mistake” in choosing Palin in 2008.
Well, I’m always glad to get comments four years later. I respect the Vice President. He and I had strong disagreements as to whether we should torture people or not. I don’t think we should have. But the fact is that I’m proud of Sarah Palin. I’m proud of the job she did. I’m proud of the job she continues to do. And so everybody has their own views and I respect those views, but I’m proud of what we did.
When told that Liz Cheney had disagreed with her father’s take, McCain laughed and noted, “Is that right? Everybody is entitled.”
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