Adviser reports progress in getting Chinese dissident to U.S.

2:27 PM, May 6, 2012   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (AP) - A political adviser to President Barack Obama says the U.S. is "making some progress" to help a Chinese dissident come to the United States.

David Axelrod, appearing on ABC's "This Week," today accused Mitt Romney of "trying to score political points" as that process continues. Romney said last week that the administration had "failed" to protect the blind Chinese dissident, Chen Guangcheng, who fled house arrest and took shelter in the U.S. Embassy in Beijing. He left the embassy intending to remain in China with his family -- but now says he wants to leave China.

Republican Sen. John McCain says there were clearly some missteps in the handling of the situation, but that the priority now should be on getting him to the United States. And he told ABC that the U.S. should also try to protect those in China who helped Chen get to the embassy.

Vice President Joe Biden told NBC's "Meet the Press" that the U.S. expects China to stick to its commitment to let Chen go to the United States to study, and to bring his family with him. He has an invitation from New York University.

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