Hillary Clinton supports Obama on Syria
September 3rd, 2013
06:27 PM ET
8 years ago

Hillary Clinton supports Obama on Syria

(CNN) - Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton backs President Barack Obama's proposal to take military action in Syria, an aide told CNN's Jessica Yellin on Tuesday.

"Secretary Clinton supports the President's effort to enlist the Congress in pursuing a strong and targeted response to the Assad regime's horrific use of chemical weapons," the aide said.

Clinton, a potential contender for president in 2016, had been receiving questions and some criticism for not speaking out amid recent developments, including the president's decision to seek congressional approval from Congress before launching any strikes.

As secretary of state, Clinton had voiced support for arming the opposition.

Politico was the first to report Clinton's support for the president's decision.

Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Syria
soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. Beverly

    She supports a Syrian strike? What a rubber-stamping good little politician.

    September 3, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  2. Dano

    Remember Benghazi! You can't sweep it under the rug, Mrs. Clinton.

    September 3, 2013 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  3. jeff

    she's a cow, what difference does it make, what she thinks...lol...lol

    September 3, 2013 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    I don't think Obama takes calculated risk on Syria. I trust Obama.

    September 3, 2013 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  5. Abbey


    "What does it matter?" This is not a platform to run Madam Clinton!

    September 3, 2013 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  6. Gary Jaussaud

    Mrs. Clinton knows as well as most people in the World that think these things thru. The president did what he had to do, he had no support from anyone, and the support he had was token at best. The United States of America needs to be just that 'United' and move forward as the whole World is watching, not just factions of the Tea Party or the RNC that would like President Obama to fail, just because. This problem is bigger than any small faction. We need to stand by our President and stand togeather as the strongest World Power, and remind the World we are of one voice, one people.

    September 3, 2013 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  7. rebecca hunt

    I do not back president obama at all. i didnt vote for him i voted for mitt romney. i do not think that obama is a good president and i do not suppourt or back any of his issues.. thank you

    September 3, 2013 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  8. Susan

    What difference does that make?

    September 3, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  9. NewYorkGroov

    We know what you think....

    "What difference does it make"

    September 3, 2013 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  10. Raven

    Why am I not surprised? She supported Bush on Iraq too.

    September 3, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  11. Annie

    Oh, a deal was struck for her to agree with Obama, he must have said the magic works for her campaign support.

    September 3, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Her Presidential election will be decided on the outcome of what happens in Syria .

    She's all in.

    September 3, 2013 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. marty

    What does she think? At this point, what difference does it make?

    September 3, 2013 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. smkedbacon

    What does it matter?

    September 3, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  15. Richard Long

    "Any vote that might lead to war should be hard, but I cast it with conviction." – Hillary Clinton, Iraq invasion.
    But... "What matter does it make?"

    September 3, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. M5

    Great political move on Obama to get Congress's support. I think it was much needed.

    September 3, 2013 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  17. Kenman

    WHO CARES what she thinks? She, as Sec. of State should have been building coalitions abroad two years ago to stop this BEFORE 100,000 died!

    What are you doing here CNN, trying to create the air of leadership for her in anticipation of the czar in a pantsuit!?

    September 3, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  18. Carol

    I think Hillary just lost my vote.

    September 3, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  19. karl from az

    "What difference does it make"? Remember that comment?

    September 3, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. tommywheelr

    I stand behind Secretary John Kerry. Although Clinton may not have the same intentions as Kerry by arming the opposition. Sitting by silently doesn't send a very good message to the rest of the world. Selectively showing al-Assad that chemical weapons are not ethical and inhumane is what should be done.

    September 3, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Tom Richard

    Is the same woman who didn't care about anyone killed in Benghazi ????

    September 3, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  22. us_1776

    Mrs. Clinton expressed her support for the president's decision to involve Congress in the Syria chemical attack situation.

    That's really all that is necessary.


    September 3, 2013 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  23. bhornet

    Forget what Hillary thinks, Kerry is the only true statesman we have. And I am a Republican saying this. I would actually vote for him in 2016 if he were to run. He is smart, likeable, and a true leader. Hillary is fluff, she watched 100,000 die and not one peep.

    September 3, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  24. Madeline

    Hillary Clinton is NOT a public official. She was NEVER elected from the state of Florida. She was elected in the ONLY state where she could possibly win, New York, and I don't care WHAT Hillary Godham Clinton thinks about anything!!!!

    September 3, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  25. frank

    Another reason why NOT To vote Hillary 2016

    September 3, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
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