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U.S. Congressmen get an earful from constituents on Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 01:05

Sept. 5 - As the debate over Syria continues in Washington, lawmakers are getting an earful from constituents in their home districts. Mana Rabie reports.

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As the debate in Washington continues over a possible military strike in Syria, some lawmakers like Arizona Republican Senator John McCain are getting an earful from constituents in their home districts. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) UNIDENTIFIED MALE CONSTITUENT SAYING TO SEN. MCCAIN: "I want the best for America, that's why I'm here!" In Vermont, they rallied outside the office of Senator Patrick Leahy. In Florida, they met over coffee at this Panama City diner with Republican Representative Steve Sutherland. SOUNDBITE: REP. Steve Sutherland (R-FL) SAYING: "Overwhelmingly, we are hearing pushback from our citizens against a military action in Syria." Like so many lawmakers, Southerland is looking ahead to his re-election bid and he's mindful of voter backlash if he votes YES on striking Syria. SOUNDBITE: REP. Steve Sutherland (R-FL) SAYING: "That's a factor, but every vote has some backlash so I'm used to that." The debate over Syria is playing out in front of cameras, and behind closed door hearings, at the U.S. Capitol. But the final decision may likely be made in hundreds of districts along America's Main Street.

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U.S. Congressmen get an earful from constituents on Syria

Thursday, September 05, 2013 - 01:05