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Calls to ND Congressman "99 Percent" Against U.S. Involvement in Syria

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When it comes to intervening in Syria, many lawmakers across the country are still firmly undecided -- even as their constituents are firmly against. 

Fighting in Syria has been ongoing for 18 months with a reported 100,000 dead.  The game-changer for President Obama seems to be the use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime -- not so, it seems, for the American people.  Congressman Kevin Cramer (R-ND) says calls to his office -- and there have been hundreds -- are "99 percent" against military involvement in Syria.

So what could cause him to support intervention anyway?  He says even if there is without-a-doubt proof Assad used chemical weapons, and even if a definitive objective, goal and plan are laid out, there are still two problems:  

"One is I have very little confidence that the current President, who's been all over the place on this thing, could even execute it well, and would, because of his lack of conviction.  And the second thing is, I'm a member of the people's house.  The President doesn't have to just convince me.  The President has to convince the American people, and specifically, the North Dakota public."

The Congressman will be participating in a classified intelligence briefing on Monday where he'll learn more about the case for U.S. intervention in Syria.  Barring any new evidence at that hearing, his vote appears to be "nay."


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