Embattled New York Rep. Charles Rangel is comparing President Obama to former Vice President Dick Cheney for their shared commitment to the Iraq War and oil in an interview with the New York Daily News.
“I challenge anyone to tell me we aren't there because of the oil," said Rangel, who kicked off his re-election campaign for a 21st congressional term in Washington Heights Sunday.
"The lack of an honest explanation [for the war] is consistent with Bush and Cheney," he told the Daily News during an hour-long interview that touched on his ongoing ethics probe, relationship with the President and ability to get work done in Washington.
A Korean War hero, Rangel criticized the Obama White House for staying in Bush-triggered wars, saying, "We are trying to buy our friends there ... stuff like that makes Cheney look good."
It's not the first time the two have tangled.
When Obama asked Gov. Paterson not to run for re-election last fall, Rangel said the move was "not presidential."
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