McConnell only party leader in Congress to oppose Syria resolution
September 10th, 2013
12:31 PM ET
11 months ago

McConnell only party leader in Congress to oppose Syria resolution

Washington (CNN) - The top Republican in the Senate says he'll oppose a resolution to authorize U.S. military action against Syria.

"I will be voting against this resolution. Our vital national security risk is clearly not at play," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky Tuesday.

McConnell becomes the only one of the top four party leaders in Congress to oppose the resolution, which would allow for a limited strike against Syrian government forces for their alleged use of chemical weapons against their own citizens.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada), House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-California) have all publicly come out in support of President Barack Obama's call for congressional approval of limited action against Syria.

"There are just too many unanswered questions about our long-term strategy in Syria including the fact that this proposal is utterly detached from a wider strategy to end the civil war there, and on the specific question of deterring the use of chemical weapons the president's proposal appears to be based actually on a contradiction," said McConnell, in a speech on the floor of the Senate. "Either we will strike targets that threaten the stability of the regime, something the president says he does not intend to do, or we will execute a strike so narrow as to be a mere demonstration."

The Senate GOP leader is running for a sixth term in office next year. He faces what could be a tough re-election, not only from Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic candidate, but also from well-funded Republican primary challenger Matt Bevin, a businessman. Bevin had earlier come out against the Syria resolution and urged McConnell to take a stance.

"Congratulations to Sen. McConnell for finally coming off the sidelines and reaching a decision on Syria after Matt Bevin, other congressional leaders, and a majority of the public made up their minds against an attack," said a statement from the Bevin campaign following McConnell's Senate speech.


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soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Translation: "See! Seee!!! I'm just as rabidly against anything Obama wants as you want me to be, fellow Teatrolls!!!! My #1 priority is still making sure he never gets anything he wants and that I'm saying the opposite of anything and everything he says!!!! Please don't believe anything my primary opponent is saying about me being a RINO and a pushover!!!!! Pretty please!!!!"

    September 10, 2013 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  2. sonny chapman

    Country First !

    September 10, 2013 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -What is rather amazing is to read all the lefties in here supporting this ill conceived war after years of slamming George Bush about Iraq. Talk about total hypocrites. George Bush got UN support, George Bush got Congressional support, George Bush had allies. Where is ANY of this with Obama? Obama reminds me of John "Bluto:" Blutarsky in the old Animal House movie when he gives his big speech and then runs out the door and nobody follows him.
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    The drunken frat boy who preceeded Obama lied: that is the critical difference. The legacy of Bush lying is that there is a huge reluctance to get involved anywhere.

    September 10, 2013 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. kirk

    Truth, a large majority, son what you smokin?

    September 10, 2013 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    -What is rather amazing is to read all the lefties in here supporting this ill conceived war after years of slamming George Bush about Iraq. Talk about total hypocrites. George Bush got UN support, George Bush got Congressional support, George Bush had allies....
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    George Bush did not have UN support to invade Iraq. George Bush burned the bridges with the alllies we had going into Iraq, who felt betrayed. George Bush's congressional support was predictad upon "faulty intelligence" provided to members of Congress. Finally, your presumption about "all the lefties in here supporting this ill conceived war" is so far off-base that it qualifies as partixan ignorance.

    September 10, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. kirk

    A picture worth a thousand words,what a miserable old fool. Most would be happy, but his hatred knows no bounds. Why are he and many like himself so unhappy? This man exemplifies everything wrong with our system. I wonder what would it take to satisfy a man like that? He is a poor excuse for a human

    September 10, 2013 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  7. sonny chapman

    This is rich! We've got the McCain/Graham branch of the Repub. Party(If it moves, bomb it), the Rand Paul Neo-Isolationist branch ( No Govt. EVER, even for National Defense) & the Mcconnell branch, Obama is Satan(Two Legs Bad, Four Legs Good).

    September 10, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
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