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Posted at 9:29 AM ET, 02/13/2011

Sen. Lindsey Graham: Elections in Egypt could be 'more significant ... than the Egyptian pyramids.'

By Emi Kolawole

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) reacted Sunday to the latest developments in Egypt, and to results of the Conservative Political Action Conference's (CPAC) informal straw poll.

Graham joined CNN's "State of the Union" as news broke of the Egyptian military leadership's announcement that, following the resignation of Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, it would dissolve the parliament, suspend the nation's constitution and retain power for six months or more before elections could be held. "This election ... is going to define Egypt for decades," Graham said.

"We know what the people are against in Egypt, we don't yet know what they're for," he continued, referring to the military's unique role within the Egyptian government.

If Egyptians hold free and fair elections in six months, as the military leadership has outlined, "it will be a more significant contribution to the world than the Egyptian pyramids," Graham said.

Conversation turned to CPAC, which concluded Saturday, with Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) winning the gathering's informal presidential candidate straw poll. "I'm looking for the most conservative person who's electable," said Graham when asked if there was a potential 2012 presidential candidate he could get behind, "that person has yet to emerge."

"I think Obama is beatable," Graham said, adding the caveat that Republicans would have to nominate someone who was electable.

By Emi Kolawole  | February 13, 2011; 9:29 AM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency, Eye on 2012  
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One man one vote one time. Welcome to the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama will do as well in Egypt as Jimmy Carter did in Iran.

And bye the way thanks, Lindsay, being the Washington Post's favorite Republican will really help you in the next primary.

Posted by: jy151310 | February 13, 2011 9:04 PM | Report abuse

First it's teh gheyz, now it's teh Mooslims. CPAC will never be pure enough for the nuttiest of the wingnuts.

Posted by: DrainYou | February 13, 2011 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Hyperbolic goober speak...

Posted by: 5inchtaint | February 13, 2011 4:23 PM | Report abuse

Leave it to RWNJ media like Fox & Limbaugh, to whip up fears of extremist Islam takeovers ala the Taliban.

The Egypt uprising is hardly about that. Like the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989, Egyptians have seen the modern world with it's freedoms and prosperity, and they want in. These rebellions are positive for global progress, not something to be afraid of.

- Balkingpoints / www

Posted by: RField7 | February 13, 2011 3:11 PM | Report abuse

Senator Graham continues to be a practical, if not inspiring, voice in Republican politics. He is a professional, and seems to know the difference between "what should be done" and "what can be done".
Purists tend to reject this notion, on both sides of the political spectrum. This is why Purists never get to lead anything relevant to real life.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | February 13, 2011 3:10 PM | Report abuse

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