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March 5th, 2014
05:25 PM ET

GOP Rep.: It was a mistake not pushing back harder against Russia in 2008

(CNN) – Conservatives have slammed President Barack Obama for what they consider to be a tepid response to Russia's incursion in Ukraine's Crimea peninsula.

But former President George W. Bush responded in a similar manner when Russia invaded Georgia in 2008. That, says Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, was a mistake.

"Standing now where we are, and looking back on that situation, yes, we should have done more," says Ros-Lehtinen, a member of the foreign relations committee.

"But it's hindsight. At the moment, you don't know when you're pushing too hard, and when you're escalating rather than toning down the rhetoric and trying to get a diplomatic accord," said Ros-Lehtinen. "But Putin has really put us to the test. Let's see what this administration is willing to do."

For more of our interview with Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, check out the video above.

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