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February 27th, 2014
05:49 PM ET

Sen. McCain: Obama's new initiative is 'excellent,' 'praiseworthy'

(CNN) – President Barack Obama announced details of his new program "My Brother's Keeper" Thursday, an initiative that will invest $200 million in a partnership with businesses and non-profits to offer more opportunities to young men of color.

It comes two years ago to the week that Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black 17-year-old, was gunned down by George Zimmerman, in a case that is still causing arguments all over America.

What does that case have to do with "My Brother's Keeper?" The president ordered his staff to develop this initiative, specifically in the wake of the Martin shooting.

"I think it's an excellent initiative and obviously the President is deeply committed to it, and I think that's very praiseworthy," Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, told CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper."

"This is a cause that he is deeply committed to, and I think he can make a difference," said McCain.

For more our interview with Sen. John McCain, discussing Russia and Ukraine, click here.

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