McCain sees defeat of GE-Rolls engine this year
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican Senator John McCain on Monday predicted that Defense Secretary Robert Gates will prevail this year with his bid to cancel funding for a second F-35 fighter engine being built by General Electric Co (GE.N) and Britain's Rolls-Royce Group PLC (RR.L).
"I think he's going to win on the alternate engine," McCain told the Reuters Washington Summit, citing Gates' repeated threat to recommend a presidential veto of any bill funding the engine, as well as mounting public outrage over wasteful government spending.
Gates was "as influential a secretary of defense as I can ever remember," McCain said, noting that Gates had already succeeded in cutting funding for the Boeing Co (BA.N) C-17 transport plane, another big arms project that had been strongly supported by Congress.
(Reporting by Andrea Shalal-Esa; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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