September 3rd, 2013
12:09 PM ET
1 year ago

Top House Republicans support Obama on Syria

(CNN) – In a big boost for President Barack Obama, House Speaker John Boehner and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday they'll vote for the president's resolution to use military force in Syria.

"This is something that the United States as a country needs to do," Boehner told reporters Tuesday at the White House after meeting with the president. "I will support his call for action, and I believe my colleagues should too."

Boehner's statement marks a significant point in the debate over whether Congress should authorize the president to take action, as the House speaker generally tries to keep his personal position out of the limelight when it comes to controversial votes.

In a lengthy statement, Cantor also said he intends to vote for the president's proposal.

"America has a compelling national security interest to prevent and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction, especially by a terrorist state such as Syria, and to prevent further instability in a region of vital interest to the United States," he said.


Filed under: Eric Cantor • John Boehner • President Obama • Syria
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  1. Pandamonius

    It's funny how many conservatives and tea-trolls are blasting Obama as a "warmongerer" for this, considering that there actually IS evidence of chemical weapons and their use, unlike the phatnom WMD's their beloved Dubya sent us chasing after.

    In any case, getting involved in another country's civil war is a very bad idea, chemical weapons or not. We need to stay out of the middle east and start minding our own business. If someone tries to pick a fight with us, THEN we can bomb them back to the stone age, but before that these people need to fix their own countries.

    September 3, 2013 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  2. Rudy NYC

    just asking wrote:

    it sure is amazing how many war mongering obama supporters there are in here. ... ... ...
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    Really? Who are they? Most every comment that I've read by opponents of the neo-con war mongers all eeem to say to stay out of Syria altogether.

    September 3, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Bubba

    The GOP is living proof, that even a broken clock is correct at least twice per day. By GOP; I am excluding the Tea Party, since their record on being correct does not meet the twice per day standard. The Tea Party is working on being correct once per month, which is good. We should all be supportive of the Tea Party on these efforts to improve themselves.

    September 3, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Pandamonius

    It's pretty simple really. If Obama gets us involved with Syria, the Dems will lose major ground in 2014 and most likely will lose the White house in 2016. If Obama wises up and lets Syria deal with its own mess, which 9 in 10 Americans want them to do, the Dems might actually gain ground.

    Even Boehner is smart enough to realize this.....hence his public support.

    September 3, 2013 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "take down Syrian aircraft. "

    We don't need to, Jethro. The Syrian Air Force is in such a shambles and their fleet is so dilapidated that they are being forced to literally pull apart some aircraft in order to keep the others in working order. Rand Corporation, a favorite conservative think tank, has put out a report concluding that air strikes on ground targets (i.e., cruise missiles, etc.) that destroy their aircraft, communications systems (which are already poor) and runways, would do significant damage to their ability to use air attacks and move personnel and supplies. We don't need to get involved in trying to take them down, just prevent them from getting up in the first place.

    September 3, 2013 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    Gotta love how conservatives were all "do something do something do something" before we had any reason to do something, so Obama wasn't doing something and they were all yammering that it was awful. Now that we have reason to do something and it's looking like we'll have to, but the polls indicate it's not terribly popular, all we're hearing from the RWNJs is "don't do anything don't do anything don't do anything, the people don't want you to, should never have said red line, where's Hillary's comments so we can attack her too, Benghazi Benghazi Benghazi derp!"

    September 3, 2013 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. Wake up People!

    Hot damn! I have to write THIS on my calendar.......Republicans agree with President Obama!!
    Now THIS is news.

    September 3, 2013 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. GAVoter

    So Sunday, the president didn't know what he was doing and was waffling. Now it looks like the plan's coming together.

    September 3, 2013 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    So much angst over something that has already been decided.

    Stock tip: invest in Raytheon. They make a lot of stuff we're about to use over there.

    September 3, 2013 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  10. Tea Party Thomas

    Before we start firing missiles congress needs to find a way to pay for this adventure.

    September 3, 2013 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    Ironic to see al of those who have defended Bush and his decision to invade Iraq on sketchy evidence now suddenly reverting to Robert Taft and saying that we have no compelling strategic reason for going into Syria: how about Iran? The Mediterranean outlet for their pipelines, as well as support for Hezbollah and other terror groups runs straight through Syria. For those saying we should be propping up Asaad because we might upset some delicate balance of power, I say open your eyes. We've tolerated the worst kinds of thugs for decades, and what have we gotten in exchange? Nothing. For those complaining about backroom deals and such, all the Boehnor has agreed to is limited strikes: no boots on the ground. We commit our weapons to take out various sites, disrupt his ability to massacre his people again, and we let the Syrian people decide for themselves.All I am seeing is a lot of paranoid crap coming out of people who are now trying to blame the Arab Spring on Obama because things are not falling exactly the way they want them to, in other words, doing as much damage to the president as possible.

    September 3, 2013 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair

    If Obama had kept his "red line" comments amongst himself, his closest advisors, and senior military offcials, where it belonged, none of this would be going on now
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    None of what would be going on now?
    Regardless of whatever the President SAID out loud, in public, or to his pillow the Syrians would still be gassing their own, and thus violating international laws. Wrong is wrong.
    Don't try and put this on the President even though I will admit that it took you long enough to jump off the fence to dance your usual dance.

    September 3, 2013 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  13. ED1

    I guess they are not running for re-election if they are think twice.

    September 3, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  14. Wake up People!

    And maybe if the GOP had shown themselves to be true patriots and stood with President Obama instead of traitors constantly calling him a coward, maybe there wouldn't have been a need of a red line.

    September 3, 2013 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. s cassidy

    not a big surprise they've joined forces. they have the same corporate patrons
    will Obama now admit hes been backing the coup attempt for 3 years now?

    September 3, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    "If someone tries to pick a fight with us, THEN we can bomb them back to the stone age, but before that these people need to fix their own countries."

    Unfortunately for the world, the Middle East has yet to pull themselves OUT OF the stone age. And I agree with you. They need to start fixing their own problems. Sooner rather than later.

    September 3, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  17. Anthony in California

    This is boring. Honestly. The middle east is NOT going to change. Not now, not 2000 years ago, not 2000 years later.
    It always has been violent and unstable. And a majority of religions are at fault. It wont change. Our meddling wont change anything. There are peaceful people and there are extremists... and when these countries want to get their acts together and carry on like civilized, rational societies, then great. until then... "turmoil in the middle east" *yawn* and water is also wet.

    September 3, 2013 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  18. Fair is Fair

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Fair is Fair

    If Obama had kept his "red line" comments amongst himself, his closest advisors, and senior military offcials, where it belonged, none of this would be going on now
    -----------------
    None of what would be going on now?
    Regardless of whatever the President SAID out loud, in public, or to his pillow the Syrians would still be gassing their own, and thus violating international laws. Wrong is wrong.
    Don't try and put this on the President even though I will admit that it took you long enough to jump off the fence to dance your usual dance.
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    You must go to bed exhausted after spending your days defending this man. There are certain things a sitting President should not discuss in public. Military options are one of those things. If he felt that using chem weapons was a triggering event, that's his perogative. He IS the President. He should not, however, said what he did in PUBLIC. Thugs like Assad look at that as a dare to knock a stick off his shoulder – and that's exactly what the Syrian dictator did. The Syrian people are suffering and apparently they're going to suffer some more as a result. Nothing Obama does is going to chase the course of their civil war... and in fact, could broaden it in scope. He should have kept it on the QT.

    September 3, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    NOW I see why our brilliant President Obama switched the hot rock to Congress.

    September 3, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  20. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Now THIS is news
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    Yeah, of the scary kind!

    September 3, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  21. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Pandemonius
    the Dems might actually gain ground.
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    You can only gain what you DON'T have.
    Yes.
    Think about that.

    September 3, 2013 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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