McCain: Obama’s ‘Bayonets And Horses’ Remark A ‘Cheap Shot’ And I ‘Resent It’

Appearing on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) praised Mitt Romney’s performance in the final debate and criticized President Obama for mocking the GOP candidate’s approach to the defense budget.

“Frankly, I don’t understand why the president wants to take these kind of cheap shots — bayonets and horses, what’s that all about?” he said. “You know, when I debated then-Senator Obama I didn’t criticize or belittle his lack of experience on national security issues. And he seemed to take these kind of cheap shots. … I kind of resent it.” 

“I think you should treat your opponent with some respect. … It was small ball.”

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