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President to lay out case for military strike
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - President Obama is set to lay out his case to the American people Tuesday night for a U.S. military strike on Syria.
But a diplomatic solution may be in the works.
Russia has floated the idea of Syria turning over all of its chemical weapons to the international community to avoid a military strike.
In speaking with Scott Pelley of CBS the president said it was a quote: "Potentially positive development."
"The importance is to make sure that the international community has confidence that these chemical weapons are under control, that they are not being used, that potentially they are removed from Syria, and that they are destroyed," said President Obama.
The president plans to personally push the U.S. Congress to pass a resolution authorizing a strike on Syria.
He plans to meet with both the republican and democratic caucuses and there is resistance to a strike on both sides.
A CBS tally of House members shows 189 representatives plan to vote no, or are leaning that way. Just 33 are voting or leaning toward a yes.
The numbers are closer in the Senate. There are 26 voting or leaning no, with 27 voting or leaning yes.
Keep it here on Newschannel 3. We'll have complete coverage throughout the day on the presidents push.
And, you can see that prime-time address live at 9:00 p.m.
A new poll released overnight shows Americans want to stay out of Syria. Published in the Wall Street Journal, the poll of 1000 registered voters found nearly 60 percent want Congress to oppose authorization of military force.
It also found just one in four believe American military action is in the United States' interest.
Almost three-quarters of respondents agree with the statement that the United States should focus more on its domestic problems.
We have a link to the entire poll in our links section at wwmt.com.