Iowa Senators on Situation in Syria


By Katie Stinson

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - President Obama is in Russia today for the G-20 summit, an economic meeting with other world leaders, but even while traveling his focus is still on Syria.

The President continues to lobby lawmakers back at home, asking them for their support in authorizing a military strike against Syria. CNN reports that advisers to the President say he's been making phone calls to lawmakers during the economic summit in St. Petersburg, Russia. Obama's administration held another round of closed-door meetings with lawmakers today about its intelligence in Syria. Opinions are still mixed. caught up with Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grasley, (R)-IA, to get his take on the situation, today.

"There may be something come up in that briefing that would change my mind but right now, calls coming into the office and emails are about 50 to 1 against it," Sen. Grassley, said.

Iowa Democratic Senator Tom Harkin released a statement earlier this week about Syria. Sen. Harkin says the U.S. "Should not rush in without broad international backing or a full understanding of the ramifications."

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