Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.
(CNN)–GOP White House hopeful John McCain says the indictment of former New York City police commissioner Bernard Kerik raises questions about the judgment in character of fellow rival, and former Kerik boss, Rudy Giuliani.
Speaking on 'Fox News Sunday,' McCain said he was not suggesting the former New York mayor knew of any wrongdoing on Kerik's part, "but I would hope that it would have been taken into consideration by Rudy that Mr. Kerik went over to Iraq, was assigned the task force of the Iraqi police, obviouslyleft after a short period of time, and the Iraqi police effort was in total collapse," the Arizona senator said.
Kerik served as an advisor to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq in 2003, and was tasked with helping oversee the training of the Iraqi police force.
McCain also sought to highlight his national security credentials, over his rivals for the Gop nomination. "I am friends with Rudy Giuliani. I respect him," McCain said. "But the fact is that I'm the only one of the top three [GOP candidates] with any national security experience. Any. I've been involved in national security issues for the last 20 years. I was in the military for 22 years before that. I know these issues. I was involved in them ranging from the Cuban missile crisis to the issues we face today. That's what my qualifications are, and I think they're certainly - it's well to point out that neither Governor Romney nor Mayor Giuliani have any national security experience."
McCain also expressed disbelief over Christian conservative leader Pat Robertson's endorsement earlier in the week of Giuliani. "I'm not often rendered speechless. I certainly was at this event," he said. "I'm still surprised by it, and I will continue to be surprised by it for probably as long as I live."
McCain received the endorsement of former GOP candidate, Senator Sam Brownback, R-Kansas, this past week.
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