Kerry's Senate replacement a 'no' vote on existing Syria resolution
September 10th, 2013
01:45 PM ET
7 months ago

Kerry's Senate replacement a 'no' vote on existing Syria resolution

Washington (CNN) – The man who replaced John Kerry, who left the Senate to become secretary of state, will not support the military strike against Syria that his predecessor has been advocating.

Massachusetts Democrat Edward Markey voted "present" last week when the Senate Foreign Relations committee passed a resolution authorizing the president to take military action in Syria.
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Filed under: Ed Markey • John Kerry • Syria
McConnell only party leader in Congress to oppose Syria resolution
September 10th, 2013
12:31 PM ET
7 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.
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Filed under: Mitch McConnell • Syria
McCain: Russia's Syria proposal 'has to be explored'
September 10th, 2013
09:30 AM ET
7 months ago

McCain: Russia's Syria proposal 'has to be explored'

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain expressed exasperation with the White House's handling of Syria Tuesday morning while saying that a potential handover of chemical weapons needs to be considered.

The longtime senator from Arizona, a leading Republican voice in calls for military action against Syria, told CNN that he was extremely skeptical of the intentions of the government in Damascus to hand over or destroy its chemical weapons stockpiles, as well as Russia's intentions to facilitate such a move. But he didn't dismiss it out of hand.
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Filed under: John McCain • President Obama • Syria
Obama readies Syria address amid shifting sands
September 10th, 2013
09:12 AM ET
7 months ago

Obama readies Syria address amid shifting sands

Washington (CNN) - What the United States and its allies should do about Syria is taking shape as President Barack Obama prepares to give a prime-time address to the nation, a senior administration official involved in Syria policy said Tuesday.

Consultations are going on with France and others about how to move quickly - at the United Nations and otherwise - to test whether Russia and Syria are serious about a proposal for Damascus to have Syria hand its chemical arsenal over to international control, the official said.

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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
September 10th, 2013
06:16 AM ET
7 months ago

CNN Poll: Part of Syria strike opposition is the messenger's fault

Washington (CNN) - A new national poll suggests that as President Barack Obama prepares to try to convince a skeptical American public why the U.S. should take military action against Syria, he's partly to blame for the box he's put himself into.

The CNN/ORC poll released Tuesday indicates that Americans are divided evenly on whether Obama is a strong leader as well as whether he's honest and trustworthy.

"One concern is the messenger himself," CNN Polling Director Keating Holland said. "The public's split right down the middle on whether Obama is a strong leader, whether he is honest and trustworthy, and whether he inspires confidence."

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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
GOP congressman invited to WH after first being ignored
September 9th, 2013
08:23 PM ET
7 months ago

GOP congressman invited to WH after first being ignored

Washington (CNN) - A Republican congressman, whose offer to help the president on Syria was ignored last week, said he met with the White House chief of staff on Monday.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois met with Denis McDonough one day after he said in a TV interview that the White House did not reach out to him when he proposed helping them gather votes of support for the president’s Syria proposal.
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Filed under: Denis McDonough • Syria • White House
Reid delays Syria vote after new Russia proposal, aide says
September 9th, 2013
06:46 PM ET
7 months ago

Reid delays Syria vote after new Russia proposal, aide says

(CNN) - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is holding off on taking steps toward a first vote on whether to authorize a military strike against Syria over alleged chemical weapons use. The decision follows Russia's proposal that Syria relinquish its chemical weapons stockpiles to international control.

An aide said that the Russia proposal is serious and fluid enough that members do not want to lock themselves into a position on Syria just yet. An initial Senate vote on the issue had been expected on Wednesday.


Filed under: Congress • Harry Reid • Syria
September 9th, 2013
06:04 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama: 'Breakthrough' is possible on Syria

WASHINGTON (CNN) – Russia's proposal for Syria to surrender its chemical weapons to international control was a "potentially positive development," but could be a stall tactic, President Barack Obama told CNN on Monday.

"We're going to run this to ground," Obama said in an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, adding that the United States will work with Syrian ally Russia and the international community "to see if we can arrive at something that is enforceable and serious."

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Filed under: President Obama • Syria
September 9th, 2013
04:07 PM ET
7 months ago

Hillary Clinton weighs in: Syria weapons handover would be 'important step'

Washington (CNN) – Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday it would be an "important step" if Syria immediately surrendered its chemical weapons stockpiles to international control.

"But this cannot be another excuse for delay or obstruction. And Russia has to support the international community's efforts sincerely or be held to account," she said.

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Filed under: Hillary Clinton • Syria
Obama hits new low on foreign policy in CNN polling
September 9th, 2013
04:00 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama hits new low on foreign policy in CNN polling

Washington (CNN) – One day before President Barack Obama gives a prime time speech to make his case against Syria, a new national poll indicates the president's approval rating on foreign policy has hit an all-time low. And only three in ten approve of how he is handling Syria.

But according to a CNN/ORC International survey, the number of Americans who approve of how Obama is handling his job in general remains steady.
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