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Walz won't support Syria strike

Posted by: Corey Mitchell under 1st District, Minnesota congressional, Democrats Updated: September 10, 2013 - 2:19 PM

Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Walz will not support President Obama's push for U.S. military strikes in Syria.

In a statement released Monday, Walz said he's skeptical that the current proposals would keep U.S. troops out of Syria or prevent their involvement in another foreign conflict.

"While I believe the use of chemical weapons is despicable and the world must take action to ensure that cruel dictators are not allowed to use such weapons without repercussions, at this time I cannot in good conscience support current proposals to take unilateral, military action," said Walz, a former National Guardsman.

Last week, Walz hosted a forum to gather input from residents on whether the United States should take military action in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad's alleged chemical weapons attacks against civilians.

Walz's southern Minnesota constituents respond with a clear message: Stay out of Syria.

"After 12 years of war, the American public has every right to weigh in and expect that their views be represented in Congress," Walz said.

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