WASHINGTON - Though most of the Louisiana delegation remain undecided, it now seems clear President Barack Obama shouldn't expect much support for military intervention in Syria from the state's eight members.
Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, said Monday he remains "very skeptical" about a military attack on Syria, but won't commit until after hearing the president deliver his Syria speech Tuesday night to the American people.
Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, is "leaning a hard no," spokesman Neal Patel said.
And Rep. Rodney Alexander, R-Quitman, said in an interview Monday that there are "too many moving parts," and too many uncertainties," to "authorize air strikes with the knowledge I currently have."
In an unprecedented series of six interviews with TV news anchors, Obama said Monday that he doesn't know if he'll win authorization for military action, he hasn't decided what he'll do if he fails, and that he is open to a diplomatic solution. The Senate vote, which was scheduled for Wednesday, has been delayed to give the president a chance to make his case to the American people and members of Congress, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday night.
Obama welcomed a new Russian overture on chemical weapons, though he said many questions remain.
"If we can exhaust these diplomatic efforts and come up with a formula that gives the international community a verifiable, enforceable mechanism to deal with these chemical weapons in Syria, then I'm all for it," Obama told the PBS NewsHour.