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Sen. Claire McCaskill reacts to President Obama's address to the nation




McCaskill Statement on President's Address to the Nation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill tonight released the following statement in response to the President's address to the nation, and as a possible diplomatic solution is being negotiated:

"The President made an important case for why Syria's use of chemical weapons has serious implications for America's national security-and that a credible threat of military force can strengthen the chances of a diplomatic solution. But, I also continue to weigh the possible consequences of military action. Over the coming days, I will continue to engage with my colleagues, evaluate classified information, and monitor a situation which continues to evolve on a daily basis."

Over the past 24 hours, a possible diplomatic solution has emerged to hold the Syrian government accountable for its recent use of chemical weapons, under which that country's remaining stockpiles of such weapons would be turned over to international forces and destroyed. Negotiations are currently underway on such an approach.

McCaskill canceled events in Missouri last week to return early to the Senate, where she received in-person classified briefings and conferred with her Armed Services Committee colleagues.


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