Byline: William Browning
During a half-hour campaign rally Tuesday evening in Jacksonville, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., accused President Barack Obama of failing the country and its allies at a time when the world needs America to be a leader.
"I was worried about the United States of America and our economy and our national security policy when I ran for president in 2008," McCain said. "But I wasn't nearly as worried then as I am now."
The 2008 Republican presidential nominee was in town to drum up support for 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney.
"I believe we must have Mitt Romney as the next president of the United States," McCain said.
He said Obama's administration was wrong to characterize last week's deadly attack on the consulate in Libya as a "spontaneous act." The root of the attack wasn't an angry mob responding to an anti-Islam video online, McCain said, pointing out the grenades and heavy weapons that were used.
"That's an insult to every veteran's intelligence," McCain said.
He said the attack was the result of radical Islamists using the video to stir up violence among other extremists.
Jacksonville was the last stop Tuesday for McCain, who spent the day on a "Veterans for Romney" bus tour. He began in Tampa, stopped in Orlando and finished inside the Allied Veterans Center on Acme Street, where he spoke to about 200 energized people. Most wore Romney stickers, waved American flags and most were veterans.
"I just came out to support him," said Charles Hof, a 59-year-old Army veteran. "I voted for McCain four years ago."
Hof, a retired mechanic, said he hasn't been pleased with what the economy has done during Obama's time in office. He plans on voting for Romney.
A Navy veteran who once lived on the First Coast, McCain asked veterans to spend an hour each day during the next 49 days leading to the November election calling people and encouraging them to vote. …