Where Sens. Mark Warner, Tim Kaine, VA Representatives Stand on Syria

Virginia's Congressional delegation appears split on authorizing military strike on Syria.

U.S. Sen. Mark Warner praised the president's talk on Syria.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner praised the president's talk on Syria.
by Todd Richissin

Virginia Sen. Mark R. Warner on Tuesday praised President Barack Obama's address to the nation, saying he had “outlined a responsible path to a credible diplomatic solution” in Syria.

Warner, a Democrat, did not say explicitly that he favored a strike on Syria in response to reports the government there had gassed its own people with chemical weapons.

Warner said he will work on “a bipartisan resolution that includes tight deadlines and which allows unannounced, even intrusive, inspections by international observers.”

His response follows Sen. Timothy M. Kaine's vote in committee to authorize a military strike.

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.


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