Washington (CNN)-Republican Arizona Sen. John McCain said he's no "starry-eyed idealist" when asked about his opinion on the conflict in Egypt and the role of the United States in the region by CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King.
On CNN's "John King USA," airing Thursday at 7 p.m. EST, he said "I'm not a starry-eyed idealist. I know the nature of war. I think I understand these issues and I understand the criticality, but for us to be on the side of governments that are oppressive and repressive in the long run can never benefit us and help us achieve our goals."
Washington (CNN) – Senator John McCain is now calling for President Hosni Mubarak to step down and let an interim government take control of Egypt.
"The rapidly deteriorating situation in Egypt leads me to the conclusion that President Mubarak needs to step down and relinquish power," said McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Washington (CNN) – Watching the administration try to find the right balance in its response to the crisis in Egypt is like seeing the public face of the foreign policy establishment change before our very eyes:
First, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declares that Hosni Mubarak's regime is stable.
Next, Vice President Joe Biden declares that Mubarak's Egypt needs reform but that he is not a dictator.
Washington (CNN) - Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gave a grim assessment on the war on terror last night during a debate with former Vermont Governor Howard Dean, and suggested the situation unfolding in Egypt could pose a threat to the United States.
"Any honest assessment on 9/11 this year, ten years after the attack, I think will have to conclude that we're slowly losing the war," Gingrich said. "We're losing the war because there are madrassahs around the planet teaching hatred. We're losing the war because the network of terrorists is bigger, not smaller."
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama warned Tuesday of "difficult days ahead" for Egypt and said the transition following President Hosni Mubarak's earlier announcement that he won't run for re-election in September must begin immediately.
In a brief statement to reporters at the White House, Obama pledged continuing U.S. support for both a longtime ally and the aspirations of protesting Egyptians, whose eight days of growing demonstrations led to Mubarak's dramatic announcement on state television.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - A U.S. envoy sent by President Barack Obama urged Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to announce he won't run for re-election later this year, sources told CNN on Tuesday.
The move signaled a major shift in U.S. foreign policy regarding Egypt, the main Arab ally of the United States and a vital partner in the Middle East peace process because of its 1978 treaty with Israel.FULL STORY
Washington (CNN) - Senator Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, is calling for an interim government to take over in Egypt between now and elections scheduled for September.
Speaking to reporters in the Capitol, Graham said a temporary government should be made up of "factions that the people respect whose sole purpose is to create continuity until September."
(CNN) - Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry advised the U.S. to "look beyond the Mubarak era and devise an Egyptian policy" after three decades of following President Hosni Mubarak's policy, in an op-ed for the New York Times Tuesday.
The Democratic senator further outlined his prescription for "Allying Ourselves With the Next Egypt." Kerry cautioned "our interests are not served by watching friendly governments collapse under the weight of the anger and frustrations of their own people, nor by transferring power to radical group that would spread extremism." Drawing a comparison to Iran, he further asserts that "We continue to pay a horrible price for clinging too long to Iran's shah," the Iranian political leader ousted after a period of unrest.
(CNN) - Potential 2012 GOP presidential candidates are slowly wading into the uprising in Egypt, all concerned about the ripple effects throughout the world.
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty went the furthest, calling for Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to step down.
Washington (CNN) - A House Republican with significant influence over funding for Egypt tells CNN she does not believe the United States should threaten to withhold financial aid to that country right now.
Rep. Kay Granger, R-Texas, the chairwoman of the House subcommittee in charge of foreign aid, said Monday it would not be in America's interest to use any of the $1.5 billion in assistance as a stick to try to force Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to put democratic reforms in place.