Jim Tracy is not in Congress, but if he were, he would not vote to support a U.S. strike in Syria.
Tracy, who is a candidate in the 4th District Republican primary, announced his position on the issue Wednesday. Tracy's stance does not differ much from that of his opponent, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, whom Tracy has shown a significant lead over in terms of campaign fundraising.
"Based on what I have seen, I do not believe the president has outlined a compelling case or a coherent objective to Congress in his request for authorization to use military force in Syria," Tracy said. "There is no doubt the Assad regime's willingness to use chemical weapons is unacceptable and that his growing dependence on Iran is a threat to stability in the Middle East. But President Obama's weak and ineffective approach over the last few years in this part of the world continues to weaken our nation's stature overseas. That weakened nature is why Assad ignored Obama in the first place."
Earlier this week, DesJarlais outlined reasons for his opposition to a strike in Syria in an interview with Nooga.com. On Wednesday, the congressman appeared on CNBC to continue explaining his views.
"There's a lot of confusion, a lot of lack of leadership and a lot of folks back home that are very leery about getting involved with any kind of conflict in Syria right now," DesJarlais said.
The congressman also debated the merits of a strike with Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Calif., who represents the state's 30th Congressional District. Sherman is on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
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