MoveOn.org, a progressive political action committee, has released a new television ad urging undecided members of Congress, including those in Ohio, to defeat president Obama's proposed military strike on Syria.
"This ad is targeting members who have not come out publicly on Syria, and we want Ohio members to come out against military action," said Garlin Gilchrist II, national campaign director for MoveOn. "The public is overwhelmingly against this proposed bombing campaign, we've been down this road before, and the members of the Ohio delegation need to vote no."
The 30-second ad, called "Not Again," is running on the left-leaning cable news channel MSNBC and is being widely circulated online.
The narrator in the ad says 7,000 American lives were lost while fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan at a cost of almost $2 trillion.
"So what should America expect if we rush into Syria alone, with no real plan for the consequences?" asks the narrator. "We already know: It gets worse. Congress, the majority of Americans oppose missile strikes in Syria. Don't lead us down this road again."
Gilchrist II says the Syria debate is creating interesting political alliances, but MoveOn believes there is growing movement toward opposition to approving a military strike.
Obama will address the nation about his Syria plans on Tuesday night.
House Speaker John Boehner says he supports military action in Syria and his staff is reportedly advising the White House about ways to convince Republicans to vote for the plan.
But two central Ohio House Republicans, Reps. Pat Tiberi and Steve Stivers, remain unconvinced.
"He has put the country in a lose-lose situation," said Tiberi. "He hasn't outlined specific, achievable goals, beyond limiting further use of chemical weapons, and he hasn't identified a clear strategy."
"I have not been briefed on the situation in Syria, but I start with a high bar that the President will have to meet," said Stivers. "I want to understand the end state, the strategy to achieve it and the exit strategy - all of which must be tied around America's national interest."
Central Ohio Democratic congresswoman Joyce Beatty also remains undecided according to her office.
Ohio's two US Senators Sherrod Brown, a progressive, and Rob Portman, a Republican, also remain uncommitted.
"We need to build international support around clear objectives for ending the violence against the Syrian people," said Brown.
"The evidence now is solid that Syria's Bashar al-Assad regime used chemical weapons against its own people," said Portman. "The question is what actions are appropriate to take. I look forward to reviewing the specific language in any proposed congressional resolution."
The senate is scheduled to vote on a Syria resolution on Wednesday.