Sen. Lindsey Graham: Elections in Egypt could be 'more significant ... than the Egyptian pyramids.'
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.
| February 13, 2011; 9:29 AM ET
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