In his national address, the president “made a strong case to the American people for why Bashar Al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons to kill Syrian civilians must have consequences,” Kaine said, according to The Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Russia’s foreign minister opened a possible route away from military action, proposing that Syria turn over all of its chemical weapons for destruction. Syria has said it will agree, but critics, including the president, remain skeptical.
The president said last night that he had asked Congressional leaders to delay a vote on authorizing a military strike while he pursues a diplomatic solution.
According to the Times-Dispatch, only Kaine, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-7th, and Reps. Jim Moran, D-8th and Gerald E. Connolly, D-11th, clearly favor authorizing military action.
Other members of the delegation oppose a strike, are skeptical or undecided, the paper reported.