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In the United States, reaction to President Barack Obama's Nobel Peace
Prize win has been mixed, with some comments sharply divided along
Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter, a past
Nobel peace laureate, praised the choice as a "bold statement" of
support for Mr. Obama's commitment to peace in international relations.
Democratic Vice President Al Gore, another former peace prize
recipient, called Mr. Obama's win "extremely well deserved" and an
honor for the country.
Republican Senator John McCain, Mr.
Obama's rival for the presidency, offered support. McCain told CNN that
despite the surprise of the decision, Americans are "always pleased"
when their president is recognized. He said he believes the Nobel
decision was based in part on expectations.
But the chairman of the U.S. Republican Party said Mr. Obama is undeserving of such recognition.
Steele issued a statement Friday saying it is "unfortunate" that the
president's "star power" outshined advocates who he said have made real
achievements toward peace and human rights.
commentators reacted by saying the Nobel committee has turned itself
into a joke and that the president has not done enough to earn the
Steele said Americans are asking what the president has actually accomplished.
others in the Republican party have taken the McCain route, choosing to
commend rather than criticize Mr. Obama's win. The Republican governor
of Minnesota, Tim Pawlenty said the "appropriate response is to say
Some information for this report was provided by AP.