McCain defends Kerry’s record on national security

by on March 19th, 2004

Republican Sen. John McCain yesterday defended Sen. John F. Kerry’s record on national security, undercutting the Bush-Cheney campaign’s latest attacks on the Democratic presidential challenger and frustrating conservatives hoping for a unified front against the Massachusetts senator.

“I do not believe that he is, quote, ‘weak on defense,’ ” McCain (Ariz.) said on NBC’s “Today” show.

Asked on the CBS “Early Show” whether he agreed with Vice President Cheney’s assertion that Kerry is a threat to national security, McCain said: “I don’t think that. I think that John Kerry is a good and decent man. . . . I think he has different points of view on different issues, and he will have to explain his voting record. But this kind of rhetoric, I think, is not helpful in educating and helping the American people make a choice.”

Mike Thomas