Lawmakers on both the left and right remained largely dug into their positions, or stayed undecided, after Obama urged the nation to back his bid to launch punitive missile strikes against Syrian President
Obama said he had asked Congress to delay voting to authorize the use of force so the United Nations Security Council could consider a Russian diplomatic initiative to get Assad’s government to give up its chemical arsenal.
TRANSCRIPT: Obama makes his case to the nation
In a joint statement, Sen.
Others seized on the Russian offer as a potential way out of the crisis.
A group of eight senators, including McCain and
“The president tonight made a forceful and persuasive case to the American people that confronting Syria’s use of chemical weapons will keep our people and our troops safer,” said Sen.
He had not. "I am still a NO," Chaffetz wrote.
Lawmakers are watching public opinion, and several sought input from viewers as they weighed the options before them.
“Pres. Obama's speech didn’t convince me,” tweeted Sen.
With next year’s midterm campaigns about to launch, Rep.
But Obama's speech did little to sway potentially vulnerable Democratic incumbents in favor of a possible military strike.