Mark Pryor to Oppose Military Action Against Syria

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press  on Saturday, Sep. 7, 2013 3:43 pm  

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., (left) says he's opposed to taking military action against Syria, putting him at odds with with the White House and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

"This issue is way beyond politics," Pryor said.

As he campaigned at a Texarkana picnic on Labor Day, Pryor encountered several voters who urged the Democratic lawmaker to oppose the request for military action. Pryor on Saturday said the feedback he's heard from constituents has been "overwhelmingly" against the resolution.

"When you lay out that test, I just feel like I haven't heard a compelling case made by the president and think most people in Arkansas haven't heard that," Pryor said. "I think I'm on the same page as Arkansas here."

Cotton, an Army veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, had advocated action against Syria before Obama announced he would seek congressional approval for a strike. He's also urged colleagues to back the president's request, co-authoring an op-ed in the Washington Post last week with Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas.

"What I hope to do is encourage not just my colleagues to support action but also encourage the president to take effective and decisive action," Cotton told the AP on Monday.

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