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McCain raps Republican presidential frontrunner Trump

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Veteran US Republican Senator John McCain has hit out at the party’s presidential frontrunner Donald Trump over his incendiary rhetoric on the campaign trail.

The Republican presidential nominee in 2008 joined the 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney, on Thursday in criticizing Trump, saying, “I share the concerns about Donald Trump that my friend and former Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, described in his speech today.”

Romney had earlier called Trump a phony and fraud, slamming his foreign policy.

McCain picked on the Republican frontrunner, saying, “I would also echo the many concerns about Mr. Trump’s uninformed and indeed dangerous statements on national security issues that have been raised by 65 Republican defense and foreign policy leaders.”

He also said Americans need to watch out who they vote for.

“I want Republican voters to pay close attention to what our party’s most respected and knowledgeable leaders and national security experts are saying about Mr. Trump, and to think long and hard about who they want to be our next commander-in-chief and leader of the free world,” said McCain.

McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the statement a few days after his Democratic challenger in his re-election bid, Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, released an ad Monday, slamming McCain for not standing up to Trump.

Republican presidential hopefuls (Lto R) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Ohio Gov. John Kasich participate in a debate sponsored by Fox News at the Fox theater on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. (AFP)

GOP Slugfest

Meanwhile in Detroit, Republican presidential hopefuls spent a debate night on Fox blackening each other’s names, with Trump coming on strong against rivals and also Romney whom he accused of failing the party.

“You can see how loyal he is. He was begging for my endorsement. I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees.’ He would have dropped to his knees,” said Trump, adding elsewhere that Romney was a failed candidate.

Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, fighting for their political lives, unremittingly berated Trump, warning of party defeat if the billionaire is at the helm in the US November election.

Trump in turn tried to avert the attacks with accentuated mudslinging and on occasions seized opportunities to hit back on the characters and past leadership records of Cruz and Rubio.

Over the past months, the business mogul has time and time again drawn fire for his tough speeches against migrants, Muslims and other minority groups in America.

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