Franken leaning toward supporting strike

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) said Friday that he is leaning toward supporting the use of military action in Syria.

“There are no very good options here,” Franken told reporters after leaving a Syria briefing. 

“To me, there is enough evidence that there has been a chemical weapons attack, and it was authorized by the regime, and I believe that we have to demonstrate that you can’t do that,” he said.

In a rare Capitol Hill hallway interview with reporters, Franken said he was “leaning in that direction,” but still wanted to ensure that the scope of the final resolution was narrow enough before he decided how he would vote.

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“I want to make sure that it’s narrow enough that people are going to say — in this country and people around the world — they understand it’s about these chemical weapons,” he said.

The Syria resolution that passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday would authorize up to 90 days of military action and prevent U.S. troops from being on the ground in Syria.

Franken’s move toward backing the resolution brings the number of senators in support or leaning yes to 23, including 15 Democrats, according to The Hill’s Whip List.

Sixteen senators, including four Democrats, have said they are opposed or leaning no.