GOP chair cancels appearance at Aspen Ideas Festival |

GOP chair cancels appearance at Aspen Ideas Festival

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FILE - In this June 24, 2010, file photo Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele speaks in San Francisco. On a morning talk show Sunday July 4, 2010, Senate Armed Services Committee's ranking Republican Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. strongly criticized recent comments Steele made about the war in Afghanistan at a GOP fundraiser, calling them "wildly inaccurate" and inexcusable. Steele called the U.S. commitment of troops in Afghanistan a mistaken "war of Obama's choosing." (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

ASPEN – Republican Party chairman Michael Steele has canceled a planned appearance in Aspen.

The Aspen Institute says Steele called off his visit on Tuesday. He had been scheduled to appear at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Wednesday for a one-on-one conversation with former Republican Congressman Mickey Edwards.

Steele is under fire after calling Afghanistan a “war of Obama’s choosing” and some Republicans have called for him to step down as chairman.

Bill Gates and Alan Greenspan are among other speakers scheduled at the week-long festival in Aspen.

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