US Senator Joe Manchin speaks out against Syria military strike; urges diplomacy

September 6, 2013 00:00

WASHINGTON - US Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia on Thursday opposed a White House-backed resolution that would provide congressional authorization of US military strikes against Syria.

"A military strike against Syria at this time is the wrong course of action," Manchin said in a statement. "We must exhaust all diplomatic options and have a comprehensive plan for international involvement before we act."With the vote likely to be close in the Senate, the decision of each member of the chamber was being closed watched.

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