McCain praises Libya's first post-Gadhafi election

"These setbacks were unfortunate, but they were limited, and they do not take away from the fact that today's vote in Libya was generally free, fair, and successful," he said.

McCain also promised that the United States would stand with Libya as it continues to make progress toward democracy.

"We will work with the newly elected leaders of a free Libya," he said. "And upon the request of the Libyan people, we will provide whatever support and assistance we can, in a spirit of mutual respect, common purpose, and shared values."