McConnell only party leader in Congress to oppose Syria resolution
September 10th, 2013
12:31 PM ET
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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. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "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,"
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    Perfect!!
    Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!

    September 10, 2013 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  2. Winston Smith

    As if anyone cares what he does, after the fact.

    September 10, 2013 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  3. truth hurts but reality bites

    Mitch McConnell is on ethe same page with a lrage majority of Americans. Obama and the left wing nut jobs of the Democrat Party are out in left field trying to get us into another war. Way to stand up for the American people Mitch! So I wonder, is his Democrat opponent in the Obama war mongering camp?

    September 10, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Our vital national security risk is clearly not at play
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    McObstruction is clearly playing politics. He has a teatard to his right and Ms. Grimes to the left. Let me remind you of something turtle chin. We have troops in the region!!! I wouldn't rule out these murderous thugs crossing into Afghanistan and launching chemical weapons against them.

    September 10, 2013 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. Getoverit

    @Winston Smith
    As if anyone cares what he does, after the fact.
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    Has the vote taken place? I hadn't heard.

    September 10, 2013 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    I" will be voting against this resolution. Our vital national security risk is clearly not at play," said Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky Tuesday.
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    And within a month after he votes against a resolution, he and the rest of the right wing will be criticizing Pres. Obama for degrading America's reputation and word around the world. ... ... to full of themselves to realize that any decline in the world's opinion of America is due in large part to the clown show that played in the Republican Party to select a nominee.... ... and a nominee that went on a "world tour" to London and made a fool of himself.

    September 10, 2013 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  7. Bill

    @truth hurts but reality bites

    Yes, it was the war-mongering Democrats that invaded Iraq under false pretenses and Invaded Afghanistan. Last I looked, it was Obama who ended both of these disasters. Get your fact straight.

    September 10, 2013 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Obama - Aiding Al Queada in Syria

    Sorry, but I wouldn't follow Obama if his was leading a parade down the street, let alone into another war in the Middle East. He has no coherent foreign policy, no coherent plan, no allies and no clue about what will happen should Syria decide to fight back.

    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.

    September 10, 2013 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein

    This isn't a surprise since he wanted to make Obama a one term president. It seems that he would do almost anything to make Obama cirppled.

    September 10, 2013 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  10. O'drama ya Mama

    truth hurts but reality bites

    Mitch McConnell is on ethe same page with a lrage majority of Americans. Obama and the left wing nut jobs of the Democrat Party are out in left field trying to get us into another war. Way to stand up for the American people Mitch! So I wonder, is his Democrat opponent in the Obama war mongering camp?
    September 10, 2013 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
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    It clearly shows that Mitch wanted to see which direction the scale would tip before he could make his position known. Why? Because he really doesnt have a position on the matter, just as long as he sides with the majority he feels safe.

    September 10, 2013 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  11. rs

    McConnell? In opposition? I'm shocked, I tell you. Shocked!

    September 10, 2013 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  12. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Way to "lead from behind" Mitch!!

    September 10, 2013 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  13. Tampa Tim

    Maybe he can filibuster his own position too.

    September 10, 2013 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  14. Norma Vessels

    truth hurts but reality bites .. how can you claim that President Obama and 'his war mongering camp' (whatever that means) are wanting war, when it's always the Republican leaders and Presidents that have always put us into new wars from years and years past? President Obama has taken us out of Iraq, and is now working to pull us out of Alfganistan.
    You've got your wires crossed. Go read a History book.

    September 10, 2013 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  15. The Real Tom Paine

    truth hurts but reality bites

    Mitch McConnell is on ethe same page with a lrage majority of Americans. Obama and the left wing nut jobs of the Democrat Party are out in left field trying to get us into another war. Way to stand up for the American people Mitch! So I wonder, is his Democrat opponent in the Obama war mongering camp?
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    Way to lead from behind, Mitch. How many days did it take him to make up his mind? Pathetic.

    September 10, 2013 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. CB FL

    So the turtle finally came out of his shell. Only after the tea party told him what to say.

    September 10, 2013 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  17. anotherGDlefty

    Wow, Mitch McConnell saying no to something the current president is talking about or proposing?
    Sounds just like another Tuesday for Mitch since January of 2009.
    Just shocking I tells ya!

    September 10, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Norma Vessels

    As for Mitch McConnell .. you said several times before live cameras, that you were going to fight against our President on all decisions, to get rid of him .. you sure are sticking to your word, aren't you? Do I admire you for that? Not likely, NO! I hope to goodness you lose this election big time. We don't want you clogging up efforts to make things better for everyone, any longer!

    September 10, 2013 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Talk about "leading from behind" – Mitch waited for an opportunity that could (hopefully) end this mess in a
    peaceful manner, then says he will vote against striking Syria.
    But, if Syria does not live up to the deal, Mitch has taken a do-nothing stance, just like he does in
    the Senate, and he will have to live with it.
    We won't have a choice if it happens again and Mitch will be left in the dust.

    September 10, 2013 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    This is a leader? He looks more like my spinster Aunt Tillie!

    September 10, 2013 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  21. kirk

    Wait, let me get my popcorn

    September 10, 2013 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  22. Data Driven

    @Winston Smith,

    Agreed. McConnell's bold stance after deals are getting hammered out with Russia is not terribly surprising.

    Recommended reading for McConnell: "Profiles in Courage", (ghost)written by John F. Kennedy

    September 10, 2013 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  23. ghostwriter

    If only Mitch felt like this before going into Iraq.

    September 10, 2013 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  24. Joseph

    Do we really know If Assad did this with Chemical weapons and not just Assuming? If we had real proof I might go with it but not what I have seen or heard. Also why wouldn't the rebels do something like this to help start a war. These are the same rebels that assassinated 7 soldiers and another rebel killed a soldier and cut out his heart and ate it. Hard to want to give these people power as things might be much worse. we Americans must really think this thru.

    September 10, 2013 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  25. Tampa Tim

    That my right wingnut friends, is how to lead from behind.

    September 10, 2013 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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