Conflict in Syria a hot topic for Midwestern GOPs

Sep 16, 2013

Rick Santorum
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Republicans gathering at a Midwestern conference appear divided about whether the U.S. should get involved in a conflict in Syria.

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum told the hundreds of Republicans meeting in Kansas City on Saturday that the U.S. has "an obligation to engage" in Syria. But Santorum didn't outline a specific action that should be taken in response to the August 21st chemical weapons attack in Syria.

President Barack Obama initially threatened a military strike but has held off after encountering opposition in Congress.

The Missouri Republican State Committee considered a resolution Saturday urging opposition to military action against Syria. But the state committee set aside the resolution without voting on it after some members expressed concern about wading into policy disputes.