Democrats launched a defense of the Obama administration's handling of an attempted terror attack amid some Republican criticism.

Sens. Jack Reed (D-R.I.) and Ted Kaufman (D-Del.) praised law enforcement officials and first responders who helped foil an attempted car bombing Saturday in Times Square in New York.

"His national security team is working 24/7 to plug the gaps, and indeed, there have been a number of foiled attacks in the last year," Reed, a leading Democrat on national security issues, said Wednesday.

The pair defended Obama after Republicans complained that the suspect detained in the case, Faisal Shahzad, had been read his Miranda Right, affording him the same rights as other criminal defendants.

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, called Mirandizing Shahzad a "serious mistake."

"I must admit I have a hard time understanding these complaints, because this administration is acting exactly the same way as the last administration did on Miranda," Kaufman said Wednesday. "The fact is, Mr. Shahzad cooperated both before and after his arrest, and there's no sign the Miranda warning affected that either way."