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September 10, 2013 - 7:25pm

Collins remains undecided on Syria, but says most of his constituents oppose military action

posted by Howard B. Owens in NY-27, chris collins.

Rep. Chris Collins held a telephone press conference today at 2:30 p.m. Because of the accident in Elba, I was unable to participate, but I figured other media would have it covered.

WBTA: Rep. Collins says he'll keep an open mind as Pres. Obama addresses Syria situation tonight

Rep. Chris Collins says he’s still undecided about U.S. action in Syria, but for him to approve, he says President Obama has a hard task of convincing ahead because there are still many questions.

“Tonight I will be listening very closely to hear justification and it will be a tough sell, let’s put it that way, I think to the American people as well as myself, and I’m going to keep an open mind," he said.

Collins' questions include: “What’s our response if three days after the strike (Assad) did another chemical weapons attack? What would we do if Russia shot down our missiles? What would we do if Iran attacked Israel?”

OrleansHub: Collins says district 95 percent against Syrian military action

“The American public is tired of wars,” Collins said this afternoon on a conference call with reporters. “The president will have to work very hard to convince me and the American public the wisdom of a military strike.”

The congressman has conducted an online poll and he said 95 percent of the respondents reported they oppose U.S. military action in Syria.

Collins is critical of the president’s foreign policy, which the congressman said is in “disarray.” Obama has vacillated on how to handle Syria, Collins said, ultimately allowing Russia to step in and offer to take Syria’s chemical weapons so they could be turned over to international control. Collins said he is “disappointed in the president as the commander in chief.”

The D&C: Collins says Putin's Syria proposal diminishes U.S. stature

“What I am saying is, right now the country that’s driving the solution is Russia,” Collins told reporters in a conference call. “It is Russia that has stepped forward with a proposal to eliminate the chemical weapons in Syria.”

The freshman congressman said President Barack Obama “frankly has no real solutions” and “has vacillated all over the place.”

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“What I am saying is, right now the country that’s driving the solution is Russia,”

The freshman congressman said President Barack Obama “frankly has no real solutions” and “has vacillated all over the place.” HAHAHAHAAA! I love it!

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If 95% of Collins' constituents(sp?) Are against taking action in Syria, what's left for him to decide? Unless he plans to pull the "Your government knows what's best for you" card! I will be watching his vote and remember it at election time!

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Obama is such a buffoon. Putin bi*** slaps him around the room like child's play.

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He said he will listen carefully to the Presidents address tonight. Let me save him the time, Obama will take what has been arguably the most misplayed, collosal, foreign relations fumble and claim the absurd disarmament deal as some sort of victory that he was responsible for. The press will then follow by painting him as a steely eyed Jedi master who was in complete control of the situation all along.

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I'm laughing so hard that I need to have another Oliver's mollypop to stifle myself!

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I watched the pres. But all I heard was "Bla Blah Blah" it was like the Peanuts gang adults voice!
Such a Damn Liar! Lying ass liar! No plan ~ just more of the same BS!

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... and Collins listened carefully to the President's address last night, and bravely declared afterwards "anything but what he wants!"

Not a decision based on his constituents' desires - those were clear well before the President spoke.

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