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GOP chairman under fire for Obama-war comment

July 5, 2010 12:31:40 AM PDT
Republican Party Chairman Michael Steele is coming under more fire from leading members of his own party over comments he made about the war in Afghanistan.At a party fundraiser in Connecticut last week, Steele said that Afghanistan was "a war of Obama's choosing" and that "this is not something the United States had actively prosecuted or wanted to engage in."

The war began after the Sept. 11 attacks, when George W. Bush was president.

Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham spoke from the war zone to condemn Steele's comments, and some Republicans want Steele to resign because of his remarks.

McCain says party chairman Michael Steele's recent comments about the Afghanistan war are "wildly inaccurate" and inexcusable.

The Arizona Republican says Steele needs to assess whether he can still function in his job and must make "an appropriate decision" about his future.

Graham called Steele's comment "uninformed, unnecessary, unwise."

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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