Where Indiana Senators Stand On Syria After Obama’s Speech

Sen. Dan Coats says he opposes a military strike, while Sen. Joe Donnelly has remained silent on whether he would do the same.

syrian flag at white house

Photo: Phil Roeder (flickr)

Protestors of the Syrian conflict stand outside the White House. President Barack Obama made his case for military action in a speech to the American people Tuesday.

In the wake of President Obama’s address Tuesday outlining his views on a potential military strike in Syria, Indiana’s U.S. Senators are split on whether to authorize such action.

A Senate vote on authorization for military action in Syria has been postponed while the Obama administration explores diplomatic solutions.  That includes a proposal from Russia to secure and destroy Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons, in conjunction with the United Nations.

Sen. Dan Coats, R-Indiana, is skeptical of Russia’s proposal in light of the country’s close ties to the Syrian government.  And he raises concerns about the challenges of destroying the weapons in the middle of the country’s civil war.

In a statement, Coats says he will not support a military strike against Syria.

He says the administration hasn’t made it clear whether action in the embattled country is in the direct national security interests of the United States.

While Senator Joe Donnelly, D-Indiana, says he supports the President’s decision to seek congressional authorization, he won’t say whether he will vote in favor of military action.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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  • Jack_M_eoph

    It’s hard for Joe.
    When he wets his finger to try to see which way the wind is blowing in this hot dry weather, the saliva dries before he can figure it out.
    It’s tough to even fake being progressive when you’re hunkered down in your political foxhole.

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