NORFOLK, Va. -

U.S. Sen. John McCain campaigned on behalf of Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Ed Gillespie at a campaign event in Norfolk.

The former Republican presidential nominee and Gillespie appeared at a Wednesday rally for Gillespie at a Veterans of Foreign War meeting hall.

McCain and Gillespie both criticized President Barack Obama's foreign policy and said that automatic spending cuts known as sequestration need to come to an end.
    
The Hampton Roads economy is heavily dependent upon government spending, especially by the Defense Department.
    
While Gillespie says the military should not be immune from spending cuts, he said defense spending needs to be budgeted in accordance with national security priorities.