FL, GA Representatives Speak On President's Address

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Press Release: U.S. Representative Steve Southerland

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, II issued the following statement this evening in response to President Obama’s national address on Syria:

“While I have been opposed to American intervention in Syria from the start, I had a responsibility to hear from my constituents and study the intelligence before making a final decision. After doing so, I'm more convinced than ever that a military strike isn't in our nation's best interests. The President's address to the nation tonight proved that his administration’s diplomacy lacks focus and is wholly incapable of articulating what success would look like in Syria. I believe it’s a dangerous precedent to set when nations like Russia and China are allowed to take the lead on establishing the ground rules for global security.”

Press Release: Senator Bill Nelson

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL ), a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, listened to the president’s speech this evening. Following is Nelson's comment on the president’s speech:

"It is the threat of military force that has brought Assad to the point of considering international control of his chemical weapons. What Congress should do now is authorize the president’s request of a limited strike. Assad should be warned that if he does not turn the chemical weapons over to international custody in the next three weeks, then the president is authorized to strike.”

Press Release: U.S. Representative Jack Kingston, GA

WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Jack Kingston (R-GA) released the following statement in response to President Obama's remarks on the situation in Syria:

"Tonight, President Obama said what he had to say. He did not have the votes in Congress, the support of the American people, or the aid of the international community. The speech was a polished version of the existing facts, a summary of what everyone has already concluded."

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