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King: Decision on Syria a Tough Call
09/05/2013 10:11 AM ET  

Maine Sen. Angus King says he has yet to make up his mind about how he'll vote on whether to authorize President Obama to take military action against the regime of Bashar Assad for its use of chemical weapons.

Maine Sen. Angus King is back from Washington, where he attended hearings about the options facing the U.S. regarding Syria.

King, interviewed Wednesday at the Portland Jetport, says he has yet to make up his mind about how he'll vote on whether to authorize President Obama to take military action against the regime of Bashar Assad for its use of chemical weapons.

"In fact, what I've heard over the last two days has made the decision even more difficult because I'm hearing facts, arguments, data that lead in both directions," King said. "I'm finding this is the toughest public policy issue I think I've ever tried to deal with because it's so complicated and the ramifications are so important."

King would not join in the criticism of Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who said President Obama had put the U.S. in a no-win situation by declaring the use of chemical weapons to be a "red line." King, echoing the president's remarks in Sweden Wednesday, said the world community, including the U.S. Congress, drew that line in the 1920s, after the horrors of gas attacks during World War I.

This story was reported and written by Irwin Gratz.



 

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