BEDFORD, New Hampshire (CNN) – In a campaign appearance Saturday, Republican John McCain dismissed the foreign policy judgment of some of his fellow White House hopefuls.
"And when I see, frankly, some of the candidates for president coming out with simplistic statements like ‘Well, we'll just go in militarily' - What?" said McCain, shaking his head.
"In case you haven't checked lately, Pakistan is a sovereign nation and they might want to talk to us before we send in the 82nd Airborne. It's the kind of statements that reflect the inexperience and lack of knowledge of what's going on," added the Arizona senator.
Days after the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, the Arizona senator touted his foreign policy experience in that nation. "I know this area of the world. I've been going there for years. I know all of these people that are involved and I know the issues," said McCain.
McCain also defended Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, telling the New Hampshire audience, "When Musharraf came to power, Pakistan was a failed state. They were corrupt. There was not a real functioning government and people were happy when Musharraf came to power."
"Musharraf has done a lot of things we have wanted him to do," he said.
–CNN New Hampshire Producer Sareena Dalla