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Sen. John McCain Will Oppose Senate Resolution Calling For Limited Action In Syria

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Sen. John McCain R-AZ, President Obama’s best hope for GOP support for a strike in Syria, said Wednesday that he will not support the Senate’s draft resolution authorizing the use of force agreed upon earlier in the morning.

“There are a number of people who are unhappy,” McCain told reporters on Capitol Hill. Asked if he supported the measure, McCain said, “In its current form, I do not.”

Of course, in its current form is the key phrase, but the decision is a setback for the administration’s effort to win swift support from Congress for an attack, nevertheless.

McCain, who has been advocating the need to kick-up U.S. involvement in the Syrian civil war for almost 2 years, said he opposes the resolution crafted by fellow Sens. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Bob Corker of Tennessee. The resolution puts a 90-day limit on action and says no American troops can be sent to Syria.

McCain reportedly requested and desired more than cruise missile strikes and so-called “limited” action. He wants to tilt the direction of the civil war in the rebels favor, which requires more backbone, rather than a “shot across the bow.” Still, he doesn’t want combat troops on the ground in Syria.

The Arizona Republican threatened earlier this week to vote against a White House draft resolution unless Obama promised to support Syria’s rebels, totally. Following a meeting with Obama at the White House on Monday, McCain clearly indicated support for a broad plan for a U.S. response to the use of chemical weapons, although he stopped short of saying he supported a specific resolution.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee could vote on authorizing the use of force as early as Wednesday afternoon, the first in a series of votes as the president’s request makes its way through Senate and House committees before coming before the two chambers for a final vote.

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Rich, the People's Pundit, is the Data Journalism Editor at PPD and Director of the PPD Election Projection Model. He is also the Director of Big Data Poll, and author of "Our Virtuous Republic: The Forgotten Clause in the American Social Contract."

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