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Minnesota delegation on Syria-attack plan: The more they hear, the less they like

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Kline now says he’ll oppose a military intervention and Sen. Al Franken, who has backed a strike, says he is undecided on the authorization resolution.

Sen. Al Franken
REUTERSSen. Al Franken

Obama’s message Tuesday night was not a new one: He said the United States has both moral and strategic incentives to discourage chemical weapons attacks, starting with Syria, and that if Americans could only see the results of such an attack, they’d back intervening, too. He looked to assure viewers he was keeping the United States off the “slippery slope to another war,” and said any military action in Syria would be a “limited strike” focused on “deterring the use of chemical weapons, and degrading [President Bashar] Assad’s capabilities” to use them.

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Obama had yet to take that message directly to public, but lawmakers have heard some variation of it every day since he said they’d have a vote a Syria attack.

Rep. John Kline
MinnPost file photo by Craig LassigRep. John Kline
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