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McCain: Bush should skip Olympics opener

McCain says Bush should skip Olympics’ opening

WASHINGTON – Pressure is mounting on President Bush to protest China’s human-rights record by skipping the Olympic Games’ opening ceremonies this summer.

Republican presidential contender John McCain on Thursday stopped just short of siding with his two Democratic rivals, who have called on Bush to boycott the opening ceremonies, though none have called on him to forgo attending the games.

McCain, in a statement, cited British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s decision not to attend the opening ceremonies and said he believes Bush “should evaluate his participation in the ceremonies surrounding the Olympics and, based on Chinese actions, decide whether it is appropriate to attend.”</em>


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