Bachmann and Ellison respond to developments in Libya

WASHINGTON – As rebels enter the Libyan capital of Tripoli, Reps. Michele Bachmann and Keith Ellison welcomed the news.

Bachmann, who’s running for the GOP presidential nomination and sits on the House Intelligence Committee, noted that she opposed U.S. involvement in the six-month long conflict and said she was “hopeful our intervention there is about to end.”

As part of a NATO mission, American forces have provided air support to the Libyan forces fighting the regime of Moammar Gadhafi.

In June, Bachmann joined many liberal Democrats to vote for a failed measure sponsored by Ohio Democrat Dennis Kucinich that would have demanded President Obama halt operations in Libya within 15 days.

Ellison, a liberal DFLer who often opposes U.S. military intervention abroad, supported the U.S. mission in Libya.

In a statement, he said the new Libyan Transitional National Council’s reminder to treat all its captured prisoners, including Gadhafi’s two sons, with respect was “heartwarming and wise advice.”

“As the country heals and transitions to democracy all Libyans should know that they have a partner in the United States,” said Ellison.

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