GA Senate Candidates Split On Syria Decision

| September 7, 2013

GOP and DemsOf the 50 candidates running for US Senate in 2014, all but 6 are seemingly united in their opposition of military action in Syria. One of those six, however, is Georgia Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn. Nunn released the following statement on Friday:

“It is my belief that we must stand together to ensure our nation’s credibility, to deter President Bashar Al-Assad and other rulers from believing they can use chemical weapons with impunity, and to safeguard our own national security from the dangers of the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. President Assad’s actions are a clear violation of international law,” Nunn said in a statement to The Huffington Post. “If we do nothing after our early declarations, not only will President Assad be emboldened to use chemical weapons on a larger scale, but Iran will be emboldened to proceed with its development of nuclear weapons and friend and foe around the world will devalue the word of the United States. I am aware that many Georgians are rightfully leery about getting involved in another military conflict, especially after recent experiences in Iraq and Afghanistan. I share those concerns. We should not engage in another extended action at this time, or commit troops on the ground. But ultimately I believe that we must come together and I would join with our two Georgia Senators, Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, in supporting a limited, defined, and strategic military action to be outlined and carried out by our military leadership.”

The Republican Senate candidates, Paul Brown, Phil Gingrey, Jack Kingston, and Karen Handel have all come out opposing military action in Syria.

Read more from the Huffington Post here.

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