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August 31st, 2010
02:22 PM ET

GOP claims Iraqi success despite Obama

Dana Bash
CNN Senior Congressional Correspondent

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Washington (CNN)
- In twin speeches laced with heavy doses of "I-told-you-so," Republicans leaders in the House and Senate tried to convince voters Tuesday that America's success in Iraq is not because of President Barack Obama, but in spite of him.

"Some leaders who opposed, criticized, and fought tooth-and-nail to stop the surge strategy now proudly claim credit for the results," said House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, in prepared remarks before the American Legion convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

"One lawmaker rejected the idea that the surge would reduce violence in Iraq, saying - and again I'm quoting - 'in fact, I think it will do the reverse.'"

The lawmaker Boehner is referring to is then-Sen. Barack Obama. Boehner aides said he was reluctant to criticize the commander-in-chief by name in front of a room of veterans, but insisted it would be clear who he was talking about.

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