President calls for delay of Congressional vote on Syrian strike


President Barack Obama addressed the nation Tuesday on the conflict in Syria.

The president asked leaders of Congress to postpone a vote on a military strike, to see if a diplomatic agreement can be worked out in which Syria would turn its chemical weapons over to the United Nations.

The president said no one disputes that Syria used chemical weapons against civilians on August 21st, and said failure to respond would make it easier for other tyrants and terrorists to acquire and use similar weapons.

Obama also stated clearly that he would not put "American boots on the ground." He said targeted strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would deter him from using the chemical weapons.

Read a transcript of President Obama's speech here. Or watch a video below.

Obama's announcement capped a day in which more Minnesota House members and Senators clarified their positions on Syria.

The Star Tribune reported that U.S. Congressman John Kline announced earlier Tuesday that he would not back the president's request. Kline who is a member of the House Armed Services Committee said that Obama has not made a strong case for intervention in Syria. Last week Kline tentatively favored an attack to weaken Syria's chemical weapon capabilities.

That report comes just one day after another Minnesota Congressman, Tim Walz also announced he would not support the current proposal for a strike against Syria.

In fact, amongst Minnesota's House delegation only Representatives Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum have indicated support for military action.

In the Senate, Senator Al Franken said Tuesday he was afraid the current proposals were too broad. Last week, he too had indicated he would be likely to support a military strike.

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