Boehner Says Graham Is "Dead Wrong" On Sochi Boycott Idea
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) today made it clear that he "doesn't agree" with U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham on the idea of the U.S. boycotting the '14 Sochi Games "if Edward Snowden is granted asylum" in Russia. Boehner "sees it as unnecessary punishment for American athletes." Boehner said, "I love Sen. Graham, we've been close friends for 20 years, but I think he's dead wrong" (POLITICO.com, 7/17).
When asked about the issue today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said, "I'm not going to engage in speculation about that, and the Olympics are a long way off. ... I refer you to the senator who threw out this suggestion" (THEHILL.com, 7/17).
Meanwhile, the USOC issued a statement that reads in part, "If there are any lessons to be learned from the American boycott of 1980, it is that Olympic boycotts do not work" (USOC). Read the full statement.