By Jordan Fabian - 06/29/11 04:23 PM EDT
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Wednesday embraced GOP presidential candidate Tim Pawlenty's foreign policy views as he positions himself as the foremost hawk in the 2012 field.
McCain, the GOP's last presidential nominee, tweeted praise for the former Minnesota governor's Tuesday speech on international affairs, where he chided the U.S. for lacking "decisive" leadership in the Middle East.
"Strong foreign policy speech by @timpawlenty yesterday, worth reading in full," he wrote.
While Pawlenty has adopted a muscular foreign policy vision, he has rejected direct comparisons to traditionally hawkish Republican leaders such as McCain, Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) and former President George W. Bush.
In an interview earlier this week with Bloomberg, Pawlenty reportedly "winced" when asked if he represents "the John McCain-Lindsey Graham foreign policy wing in this race."
Pawlenty has also said that his policies are not exactly the same as Bush after his speech in New York City on Tuesday.
"I would like to believe I would have my own foreign policy,” he said. "[There is] no cookie-cutter approach.”