September 3rd, 2013
12:09 PM ET
12 months 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
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. ST

    Oh! Boehner! welcome to the world again. Am very, very, very pleased of your comment this time. Well and good, what you need to do now is to organise your troops and make sure they don't let our own country down. Bravo John and keep it up!

    September 3, 2013 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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.
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    A RED FLAG if ever I saw one.
    I will continue to pray that Congress remains true to form and decides to ignore both Boehner and the President's wishes.

    September 3, 2013 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Orange-Glo has no pull in Congress.

    September 3, 2013 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Tan Man needs to insist on how he has his crew vote on other things...the majority of GOPers must approve or it doesn't pass. In any case he'll "support" it now but will be first in line to critisize

    September 3, 2013 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. TomInRochNY

    You know you've entered bizzaro world when republicans in congress are supporting Obama.

    September 3, 2013 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    The smart Republicans can see the box they would put themselves in if they voted against the use of force against Syria. Voting "no" would cast them into the same image of weakness in which they have tried to cast Pres. Obama. Yet, voting yes will mean that we would need to increase defense spending, and raising taxes is the most common way of paying for wars.

    I don't think the Pres. actually wants to intervene in Syria. It is far too risky and expensive, and doing so contradicts the administration's stance on the Syrian civil war since its' inception, which has been to let them work it out for themelves.

    September 3, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  7. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    Well,it's good to see the GOP sees the light on some important issues, what a suprise!!!!!

    September 3, 2013 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Top House Republicans support Obama on Syria..."

    "...as long as the middle-class and poor, not the wealthy, end up footing the bill for it."

    FIFY

    September 3, 2013 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Orange-Glo has no pull in Congress."

    Oh, I dunno. His skills and behavior as Speaker have been rather like watching him "pulling" on something....

    September 3, 2013 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
  10. Hammerer

    Tell me again that NSA only listens to terroist phone calls and they are not into politics.
    Got something to leverage these two guys!

    September 3, 2013 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  11. Rick McDaniel

    Those Republicans should be challenged and replaced int he next election.......period.

    September 3, 2013 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't think the Pres. actually wants to intervene in Syria.
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    Interesting comment Rudy, and one that I would actually agree with because of the fact that he's left it up to the very Congress that has obstructed him on everything and anything that he has proposed, even if htey were once for it, to make the decision.
    I've been, as usual, avidly reading your comments and it would appear that we are more aligned on this subject than you'd like to admit, perhaps.

    September 3, 2013 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  13. ST

    @ Rudy NYC
    I always take you as an understanding person all the time, BUT this time I regret that you are not getting it right and being left very, very behind. Being a President or representing someone in Congress is not an easy task. Sometimes it can happen that things are easy and going smoothly, so do them they do it that way. Sometimes it so hard and very difficult to tackle (as it is now in Syria). That is the time you come to notice who is there for a smooth ride and who is there for even for a tough ride OR both. All in all it is all about to see who are there for good times at the same time at bad times. Syria issue is the test of everyone of us. It needs a lot of thinking, and hence come up with the right answer.

    September 3, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  14. tom l.

    I thought that repubs only did the opposite of President Obama and it was based solely on the color of his skin. Interesting. So now all of these guys that those on the left have said only obstruct Obama because he is African American now come out with a strong show of support because it's a cause they believe in.
    Would you care to reassess your inane comments about how they only oppose him due to his skin color since that is clearly not true?

    September 3, 2013 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  15. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    And whose going to replace them, the goof teabag , hick McDonald , good luck with that.

    September 3, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Rudy NYC

    "I don't think the Pres. actually wants to intervene in Syria."

    Interesting comment Rudy, and one that I would actually agree with because of the fact that he's left it up to the very Congress that has obstructed him on everything and anything that he has proposed, even if htey were once for it, to make the decision. I've been, as usual, avidly reading your comments and it would appear that we are more aligned on this subject than you'd like to admit, perhaps.
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    I don't think anything was planned to unfold this way. Don't forget, it was the Republians and some Scaredy-Crats who were calling for an authorization vote before any military action takes place. It doesn't require the POTUS to decide what legislation should voted on and what should not, but the POTUS can make suggestions. The Congress could have done it all on their own, even while being on vacation.

    However, I do think Pres. Obama saw an opportunity for an "out" by calling on Congress to conduct an authorization vote. I just think it was planned to work out this way. I mean, who would have known that some Republicans would have been screaming for a vote, instead of military intervention as soon as possible like McCain and Graham. That's the rift in the right wing Republicans raising its' ugly head again.

    September 3, 2013 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  17. Obama Shootin' from the Lip

    Well, it looks like the Democrats, leftists and Obama have now turned this into some weird twisted political game. Obama shoots his mouth off and then has nobody supporting him because he has no plan or end game and no allies to help when it comes time to act. Why has Obama not gone before the UN General Assembly or Security Council to get support for action? Now the leftist Democrats want to paint this as the Republicans job to back up Obama's big mouth by risking American lives and wasting billions to no affect.

    If we want to do something, send in heavy weapons that will make difference in their fight. Send in anti-aircraft weapons to take down Syrian aircraft.

    This is all absolutely ridiculous because we have ZERO national interests at stake in Syria. Obama and the Democrats are liars. When the choice is between a murderous dictator and murderous jihadis I say the best choice is no choice. Let them continue to have at it until they run out of bullets.

    September 3, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  18. A Kickin Donkey

    Complicated politics in this for thePresident. He hass successfully taken the military/ foreign affairs superiority card from the GOP and he wants to keep it. This works welll for ANY DEMOCRAT that hopes to hold office in the future. Smart of him to make Congress (especially the GOP) go on the record about Syria. He knows he will get the vote and that co-operation on war related topics may be leveragable into coperation on others {immigration, budget, debt ceiling, etc.}

    He should have called them back though. This is serious business and Congress should have cut vacations short. There should't be any more whining about Obama's vacattions when Congress couldn't step up for this vote.

    The attack should target Syria aircraft & missile launchers. Turkey should be safer/ bolstered AFTER the attack as should Isreal & Jordan. The targets should be highly strategic.

    September 3, 2013 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  19. Silence DoGood

    TomInRochNY
    "You know you've entered bizzaro world when republicans in congress are supporting Obama."
    ...and a liberal president elected as a Peace Prize winner has his eyes on another bombing target in another country.

    September 3, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. just asking

    it sure is amazing how many war mongering obama supporters there are in here. they will even follow this lying clueless leader from behind fake president blindly into a war we have no business getting involved in. it make zero sense from any standpoint. now republicans have to support this miserable failure or be painted as supporting assad or his murderous acts. the republicans should vote present, just as obama has done for two years while this mess of his own creation has spiraled out of control. he has already said he doesn't need their vote so it is clear he only doing this for political reasons. obama and the democrats are lying snakes. the whole bunch of them. and now they are going to get us into another war for their own political reasons. to save obama from looking like a weakling.

    September 3, 2013 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. truth hurts but reality bites

    Sniffit
    "Top House Republicans support Obama on Syria..."
    "...as long as the middle-class and poor, not the wealthy, end up footing the bill for it."
    FIFY
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    Why don't you ask where Obama is going to get the money to pay for his misadventures? You are supporting him in this madness. And BTW, 43% of the people in this country will contribute nothing to this Obama blunder. The "rich", aka working tax paying slobs, will foot the bill as they always do in this country.

    Somebody you'll wake up and stop believing the communist propaganda you post in here. But I doubt it.

    September 3, 2013 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  22. Time to take out the Democrat trash.

    Dominican mama 4 Obama

    I don't think the Pres. actually wants to intervene in Syria.
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    Interesting comment Rudy,
    __________________________________

    So in all your so call wisdom you can read the minds of the politicans. You cannot even began to understand what they are thinking. Public opinion, political opinons not just here but in other countries come into play. How this will play out down the road for the 2014 mid-terms also play a part in this. How this will impact the Markets, not just here but overs seas also are in play. So what you are saying is Obama does not know what he is doing, but you do?

    September 3, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    "43% of the people in this country will contribute nothing to this Obama blunder. The "rich", aka working tax paying slobs, will foot the bill as they always do in this country.

    Somebody you'll wake up and stop believing the communist propaganda you post in here. But I doubt it."

    Aaaaw, how cute, you think it's unfair that people who live in abject poverty don't pay taxes despite having jobs, frequently more than one, and getting robbed blind and forced to live like third-world labor because of the employment practices you and your fellow conservatives think are just dandy. And oh how special it is that you went for the "communist" buzz word slam dunk you learned from Faux Noise and Brietbart. Will you be ranting about "soshulizm" or calling me a "Marxist" next? Or, perhaps you'd care to go learn about what all of those things mean before you embarrass yourself talking about them just because it's the conservative talking point parrot thing to do....vapid, superficial, inane ranting about things you can't even define just because it sounds nefarious to the conservative ear. YAWN.

    September 3, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  24. 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. But this is politics, after all... wonder what Boehner got in a back room deal for his support?

    September 3, 2013 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  25. Anonymous

    Why are the Democrats, Obama and the leftists supporting Al Quada in this fight? Attacking Assad means you are helping the jihadis, the terrorists that have now flooded into Syria hoping to turn it into their new head quarters, complete with thousands of chemical weapons. Right now Syria is a contained disaster. Why in God's green earth should be turn it into a regional or global disaster? Obama and the Democrats have lost their minds. I hope the Republicans vote no to stop these insane people in their tracks.

    September 3, 2013 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
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