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Local Politicans on Syria 

Local politicians are divided over military action in Syria.

Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) endorsed military action in Syria on August 28:

“It is time for the United States and our NATO allies to take necessary, punitive military action against the Syrian regime and send a clear signal to its leadership, and others in the region who may be contemplating using weapons of this nature, that there are consequences for these actions.”

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) said she is in favor of military action in Syria, releasing this statement on August 31:

“I believe seeking Congressional authority is the appropriate way forward. Without putting American troops on the ground, the atrocities in Syria require a strong response that will prevent them from happening again and ensure that Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile does not fall into the hands of terrorists and further destabilize the Middle East.”

U.S. Representative Howard Coble (R-NC)  said he is against military action in Syria, releasing this statement on September 3:

“Unless I learn something that changes my mind during the resolution debate, I plan to vote against the measure.  From what I have heard so far from constituents in the Sixth District, they overwhelmingly agree that we should not be using military force against Syria.”

U.S. Rep. David Price (D-NC) said he is against putting boots on the ground in Syria but is still undecided on how he will vote:

“While I believe firmly that the Assad regime cannot be granted impunity for its atrocities, I believe the Administration must do more to address several important questions my constituents want answered, including whether viable non-military options exist for holding the Assad regime accountable, what the implications of a strike would be for the Syrian civil war and for regional stability, and how military action would impact the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region. In the days ahead, I will be seeking answers to these questions as I review the relevant classified intelligence, consult with the Administration, and participate in the Congressional debate. While it is not yet clear what resolution the House of Representatives will consider, under no circumstances will I support the deployment of U.S. ground forces to Syria for an open-ended war.”

About the author: Joe Bruno

Joe Bruno a senior, broadcast journalism major from Schwenksville, Pennsylvania and is currently serving his second term as News Director for Elon Local News. He has interned at WFMZ-TV in Allentown, PA and WMGM-TV in Atlantic City, NJ.

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