Ohio Delegation Weighs In On Syria Strategy


UPDATED: Wednesday September 11, 2013 4:09 PM

Congressional members from central Ohio have offered mixed reviews of President Obama's address Tuesday night on Syria.

"We don't know any more now than we knew before his speech," said Republican Pat Tiberi from the 12th District.  "It was not a compelling case to American people.  He says diplomacy hasn't worked, but he's back to diplomacy again."

Democratic Congresswoman Joyce Beatty from the 3rd District says she's glad the military option is off the table, at least for now.

"It's good to hear the president is offering other alternatives and asking Congress to postpone the vote," said Beatty.  "My constituents have made it clear they were not a favor of a military strike.”

Republican Congressman Steve Stivers from the 15th District was opposed to military action, but said he's concerned the Obama policy lacks direction.

"I was a little disappointed that the president didn't focus more on the way forward,” said Stivers.  “It was about military action and a little bit about this Russian proposal.  We need to build an international coalition to ensure Russia and Syria are coming to the table with a real proposal."

The comments from the three central Ohio representatives are in stark contrast to the position of Speaker John Boehner, a Cincinnati Republican.

"I've supported every President that I've served under in the last 23 years when it comes to the use of military force," said Boehner.  "There's one person who speaks for the United States of America when it comes to foreign policy and that's the President of the United States. I think it's critically important that when the president goes out on behalf of the American people that members of Congress do everything they can to be supportive of him."

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