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Freshman Reps. Frankel, Murphy remain cautious on Syria after Biden briefing

by George Bennett | September 10th, 2013

Freshman Reps. Lois Frankel, D-West Palm Beach, and Patrick Murphy, D-Jupiter, offered cautious statements on Syria after getting a briefing this afternoon from Vice President Joe Biden and other officials at the White House.

Neither Frankel nor Murphy has taken a position on President Barack Obama‘s request for authorization of military strikes in response to Syrian President Bashar Assad‘s use of chemical weapons.

“This is probably one of the most agonizing decisions that I’ve ever been asked to make in my life and I take it very seriously. I have not yet decided,” Frankel said.

“I’m like most Americans. I go in with a bias against war,” said Frankel, whose son served in the Marines in Afhganistan and Iraq. “I certainly would like to be able to support the president. I think the use of chemical weapons is just an outrageous crime against humanity…The best result is a diplomatic solution.”

Murphy released this statement:

“The use of chemical weapons by the Assad regime must be stopped. Military action must always be the last resort and I am encouraged that the Administration is working toward a diplomatic solution. I have attended several closed briefings this week with the Vice President, other Administration officials, and top military officials. Because of the gravity of this situation, I continue to carefully weigh all options, consider all information, and closely monitor new developments.”

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