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As Syria looms, Bachmann and Paulsen clarifiy their positions

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While members of Congress struggle to come down for or against President Barack Obama's desire for authorization on military strikes against Syria, two Minnesota lawmakers clarified their "no" stances Thursday.

Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen said on Thursday that he would vote no on Obama’s current request for approval of the use of force in Syria but wants to continue to look at proposals forthcoming, the Star Tribune reports.

Meanwhile, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann solidified her position against U.S. military intervention, with MinnPost reporting that she said she's met with several Middle East leaders during a congressional delegation trip this week, and that they have convinced her that there is a way to oust the current regime without force.

“[A] United States kinetic strike would only make the situation worse in Syria,” MinnPost quotes Bachmann as saying.

"I remain still a skeptic of the existing resolution," Paulsen told reporters Thursday, according to the Star Tribune.

"It’s, again, very open-ended, very broad. It’s a very risky proposition. I’ve got concerns about getting involved in a Syrian civil war."

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