Al Franken is way more hawkish on Syria than Michele Bachmann

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Who would've thought a few years ago that you'd see a headline like this in 2013?
Michele Bachmann wants the U.S. to stay out of Syria and thinks President Obama should at least seek congressional approval before initiating any sort of military strike.

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Al Franken, on the other hand, says "there has to be a response" to reports the Assad regime recently used chemical weapons against civilians.

According to a KARE 11 report, during a speech in St. Paul earlier this week, Franken said, "There is no question that there was a massive chemical attack... Doctors without Borders was there to confirm there were toxins. This is an outrage. It is hideous. There has to be a response."

But Franken, who told MPR this week he doesn't believe the Obama administration needs congressional approval to launch a strike, stopped short of supporting some sort of invasion.

"We are not talking about boots on the ground," he said. "We are talking about probably a cruise missile strike or maybe a strike from bombers, but this cannot be allowed to stand."

Amy Klobuchar, for her part, told Fox 9 yesterday that while she thinks a military response might be appropriate, she hopes it happens in conjunction with America's allies. (Yesterday, reports circulated that the Obama administration is considering "solo Syria strikes.")

From a Fox 9 Q&A with Klobuchar:
Q: I know the big concern right now, the hot-button issue, is what's going on in Syria. The United Nations had a special meeting today with the U.S., Russia, China. How well-versed are you on that situation there and how is this thing going to turn out?

A: Well, actually, I went to the region a few months ago with Sen. Lindsey Graham and others. We went to Turkey, we went to Jordan, and there's just thousands of refugees pouring through that border into Jordan. So, there's a lot of concern there, obviously, with the recent chemical weapon attack. I think what's happening right now is that the president said he hasn't made a decision and they are looking at the evidence. As a former prosecutor, I think you have to look at the evidence and then make sure you're working with our allies before a decision is made. One other thing -- I think it's very important for Minnesotans to know that we do not want to see American troops on the ground in Syria.
Meanwhile, Democratic Reps. Rick Nolan, Collin Peterson, and Tim Walz this week joined Bachmann as members of Minnesota's congressional delegation to sign a letter demanding Obama consult Congress before taking military action.

"Engaging our military in Syria when no direct threat to the United States exists and without prior congressional authorization would violate the separation of powers that is clearly delineated in our Constitution," the letter says.

-- Follow Aaron Rupar on Twitter at @atrupar. Got a tip? Drop him a line at arupar@citypages.com.


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