February 20th, 2012
12:31 PM ET

Senator 'optimistic' Egypt NGO standoff near end

A key U.S. senator said Monday he has high hopes for a positive resolution soon to the growing diplomatic crisis revolving around 19 American overseas aid workers facing charges as part of an Egyptian crackdown on nongovernmental organizations.

"Quite frankly, I'm very optimistic we're going to get this episode behind us," GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina told CNN. "It's my hope (this will happen) sooner rather than later."

Graham spoke from Cairo after meeting with top Egyptian military and political leaders. He's joined on the trip by Sens. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and John McCain of Arizona. McCain is chairman of the board of the International Republican Institute, one of the organizations affected by the Egyptian crackdown.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Medium Tedium

    'McCain is chairman of the board of the International Republican Insti tute, one of the organizations affected by the Egyptian crackdowns."

    Ah...not there for any altruistic reasons...just looking out after his own interests...naturally.

    February 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. saywhat

    The likes of Mccain, Lieberman have been a part of the problem for this country. I'm reminded of a saying " politicians like diapers should be changed often for the same reasons".

    February 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy ©

      We *all* know they wouldn't be there if their organizations weren't those included in the crackdowns.
      They can KMA.

      February 20, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • WHAT?

      I guess Obama needs changing.

      February 20, 2012 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chrissy

    Omg saywhat, you are absolutely awesome! That was the funniest thing ive heard all day! Oh and *WORD* LMFAO!

    February 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    Tory? How can that be you?

    February 20, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. chrissy

    Ah, i see its NOT really you!

    February 20, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. chrissy

    I am, but arent you away?

    February 20, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. chrissy

    Am sending you an email now.

    February 20, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. chrissy

    Did you get it?

    February 20, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. banasy ©

    Tori is always in blue.

    February 20, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. saywhat

    Thanks@ chrissy and a very good day to you & @ banasy.
    Undoubtedly both of you keep this blog vibrant.

    February 20, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. banasy ©

    Why, thank you, saywhat!
    You help to keep this blog *intelligent*!

    February 20, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. chrissy

    Lol not so sure how vibrant i keep anything, but thank you.

    February 20, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. WHAT?

    make room, 3 more for trial. These guys are dumb.

    February 20, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. perfection

    soundoff (15 Responses)

    Medium Tedium

    'McCain is chairman of the board of the International Republican Insti tute, one of the organizations affected by the Egyptian crackdowns."

    Ah...not there for any altruistic reasons...just looking out after his own interests...naturally.

    February 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    saywhat

    The likes of Mccain, Lieberman have been a part of the problem for this country. I'm reminded of a saying " politicians like diapers should be changed often for the same reasons".

    February 20, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    February 20, 2012 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • banasy©

      Was that a compliment to the two posters, that you liked what they said?

      February 21, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chrissy

    Well that was so insightfully delicious, sheesh! Pretty sure no one cares.

    February 20, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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