Obama meets with lawmakers, fights for Syria military action approval


by Claudia Coffey


Posted on September 2, 2013 at 11:43 PM

Updated Monday, Sep 2 at 11:43 PM

WASHINGTON (WHAS11) -- President Obama spent the day meeting with lawmakers, fighting to get approval for military action against Syria.

Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsay Graham were lobbied at the White House.

The White House is hard at work this Labor Day trying to convince Congress that the U-S needs to take military action against Syria.

Here at home, people are war weary.

"As far as going to war in Syria, I don't know it do any good. They have all kinds of wars going on over there. I don't know if we should stick our nose in it or not," says Van Coppenolle

" I don't think we should be going to war period . I think that should be over with," says Amber Lanham

"When you get involved in a country that is of strategic interest to Russia and China, then I think it creates an environment where it can really put the United States at risk . I dont think anyone in America wants a nuclear war," says Phillip Thomas / veteran

Those are similar opinions already being echoed by members of Congress. Military leaders held a number of meetings laying out the evidence the Syrian government attacked its own people in "the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st century."

" We cannot allow Assad to gas people with impunity . And I believe the Congress of the United States will understand that," says Secretary of State John Kerry

President Obama won the support of a critical voice, Senator John McCain, who said Monday that he supported a "limited" strike if the President did more to arm the Syrian opposition.

We reached out Kentucky Senators Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul as well for their reactions. Mc-Connell told us "The President's role as commander-in-chief is always strengthened when he enjoys the expressed support of the Congress."

Rand Paul says,  "I am encouraged President Obama now says he will fulfill his constitutional obligation to seek authorization for any potential military action in Syria. This is the most important decision any President or any Senator must make, and it deserves vigorous debate"

Committees are returning to Washington early from congressional recess for hearings set for tomorrow .