‘HE’S DONE WELL’

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics -

Sen. John McCain has given Pres­i­dent Obama — his op­po­nent in last year’s pres­i­den­tial elec­tion — over­all high marks dur­ing his first five months in the White House but said the pres­i­dent has failed on a prom­ise to bring bi­par­ti­san­ship to Wash­ing­ton.

The Ari­zona Repub­li­can, speak­ing June 21 on CBS’ “Face the Na­tion,” said Mr. Obama so far has achieved all his leg­isla­tive goals.

“I think he’s done well,” Mr. McCain said, us­ing a leg­isla­tive score­card to judge the pres­i­dency.

But the pres­i­dent’s leg­isla­tive suc­cess has come as the re­sult of ram­ming Demo­cratic mea­sures through Congress with min­i­mal Repub­li­can sup­port, he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately, it’s [been achieved] by pick­ing off a cou­ple of Repub­li­cans — it’s not been bi­par­ti­san,” Mr. McCain said. “So there re­ally hasn’t been that change in the cli­mate in Wash­ing­ton.”

On the is­sue of na­tional se­cu­rity, the Ari­zona se­na­tor has given Mr. Obama a grade of in­com­plete, say­ing it’s too early to tell how the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s han­dling of North Korea, Iran and other in­ter­na­tional trou­ble spots will pan out.

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