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Freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy on Syria: ‘I’m truly undecided’

by George Bennett | September 5th, 2013

Freshman U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, says he hasn’t decided whether to support President Barack Obama‘s request for Congress to authorize military strikes in Syria in response to Bashar Assad‘s use of chemical weapons.

“I’m truly undecided,” Murphy said in an interview today.

“I am more in favor of a more limited resolution (than Obama first proposed) with a more narrow time frame and no ground troops, but I still have reservations,” Murphy said.

Murphy said he has participated via phone in secure-line conference calls with Secretary of State John Kerry, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey and National Security Adviser Susan Rice. Murphy said he’s also spoken with Rep. Ted Deutch, D-Boca Raton, who supports of military action, and Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Okeechobee, who opposes U.S. involvement.

Murphy said he still has questions about whether stockpiles of chemical weapons could fall into the hands of terrorist groups who oppose Assad, how extensive the cooperation of other nations will be in any U.S. action and “what is the end-game” militarily for the U.S.

Subscribers to can read more about Murphy’s views on Syria later today.

11 Responses to “Freshman Rep. Patrick Murphy on Syria: ‘I’m truly undecided’”

  1. Brian O'Donaghey Says:

    Call Murphy’s local PBG office and encourage him to vote as you believe. 561.253.8433 from 9AM to 5PM

  2. Charlie Says:

    If Assad is Toppled by US Military Strike…who takes charge?

    Kerry said “US Troops would be used to Secure WMDs, if necessary” He “clarified” himself, but the truth came out.

    Only hope Rep Murphy Votes NO to do what’ best for Our Nation and Not try to gain political favor with Obama.

  3. carl domino Says:

    no national security threat, no clear mission statement—vote no

  4. Get the facts Says:

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  5. BearFlag Says:

    Murphy sound’s like a freshman on this one.

  6. Ralphie Boy Says:

    Just flip a coin, Murf. I know this is too complicated a matter for your feeble liberal mind to comprehend. If you haven’t figured out by now that NO is the correct answer, there’s simply no hope.

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