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McCain: Federal Response To Boston Attacks "Certainly Adequate"

"As far as I can tell, they're doing everything that needs to be done," McCain says of White House.

Posted on April 16, 2013, at 4:57 p.m. ET

Jeannie Nuss / AP

WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain praised President Obama's response to the attacks in Boston Tuesday.

"As far as I can tell, they're doing everything that needs to be done," the Arizona Republican said. Asked to weigh in on how the government has handled things after the Boston bombings so far, McCain said "the response from both state and federal and local as well FBI involvement is certainly adequate."

McCain and New York Sen. Charles Schumer stopped by the White House to talk about their comprehensive immigration reform bill, which they say they'll formally debut Tuesday night. A planned Tuesday press conference on the proposal was delayed "out of respect" for the Boston victims, Schumer said.

McCain said the Boston attacks should give more impetus to passing immigration reform.

"If we enacted this legislation, part of our bill is exit and entry required documentation and, in fact would make it harder for people to enter and leave this country that we don't want in this country," he said. "We have tamper-proof documents for people who go to get a job that would overtime create a kind of e-verify system where we could have better tracking of who's in our country and who isn't so I would argue that passage of comprehensive immigration reform will enhance our ability to keep our country secure."

Asked if that comment was an indication he believed foreigners were behind the Boston attack, McCain said it wasn't.