Republican U.S. Senate candidate questions Obama’s foreign policy

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey questioned aspects of President Obama’s patriotism today during a speech before Pennsylvania veterans.

    Republican U.S. Senate candidate Pat Toomey questioned aspects of President Obama’s foreign policy Friday during a speech before Pennsylvania veterans.

    Speaking to an American Legion convention in Harrisburg, the former Congressman said, “there are some in Washington who don’t really believe in American exceptional-ism.”

    He warned the mindset can lead to “very troubling policies” and deference to other countries.

    After the event, Toomey said he was talking about President Obama.

    “I think if you look at his quotes and how he has responded to questions about this, President Obama is at best very skeptical about the idea about American exceptionalism.”

    Toomey later clarified American exceptionalism as “the belief the United States’ model of freedom and free enterprise is the best one.”

    Democrat Joe Sestak disagrees, saying, “falsely accusing the Commander-in-Chief of being less than fully patriotic harms the nation’s goals.”

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