July 4th, 2010
01:42 PM ET

Republicans on opposite sides over Steele controversy

Republicans lined up on opposite sides Sunday over comments by the chairman of the Republican National Committee that the Afghanistan war launched by former President George W. Bush was "of (President Barack) Obama's choosing" and may be unwinnable.

Speaking from Afghanistan, GOP Sens. John McCain of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina lambasted Michael Steele for the comments, which McCain called "wildly inaccurate" and Graham characterized as "uninformed, unnecessary, unwise, untimely."

However, conservative GOP Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, in a statement to CNN, supported Steele and said the RNC chairman's characterization of the war was correct.

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Filed under: Afghanistan • Barack Obama • Politics • Republican Party
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. RealityBites

    The GOP can always be counted on to be living in their own little imaginary world. It's like they really are from another planet.

    July 4, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ken

    This hurts all Americans, regardless of political alliances or how they feel about this war. More alarming is that this is coming from the political right in a time when their credibility has never been more in doubt. From Wall Street to the Gulf of Mexico, the Republican party has been having difficulty in keeping up their image – or maybe they finally decided to be truthful about their sentiments and true goals for America...

    July 4, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Ben

    Given that Ron Paul has been right about the economy and the decision to go to war in Iraq and nation building in Afghanistan, one would be wise to listen to what the man says.

    July 4, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |