By Julian Pecquet - 09/04/13 02:00 PM EDT
Former DNC chairman Howard Dean supports President Obama's call for a punitive military strike against Syria.
“Thus far I fully support the president, including his going to Congress,” Dean said in an email to The Hill.
The comments from the standard-bearer of the anti-war left during the 2004 campaign could help Obama gain more support among Democrats for votes next week in the House and Senate on his request.
In the House in particular, Obama is likely to have to count on a strong Democratic vote.
“What I want to know,” Dean said in his opening line at the California State Democratic Convention in March 2003, “is what in the world so many Democrats are doing supporting the president's unilateral intervention in Iraq?”
Dean recently visited Iowa, sparking speculation that he may try another run for president in 2016 after briefly being the apparent front-runner in 2004.
More and more potential candidates are staking their ground on what to do in Syria.
Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonProgressive group changes tone on Kaine Benghazi victim's mother calls on Trump to stop invoking son's death Clinton looks to expand electoral map MORE, whose vote on Iraq may have cost her the 2008 election, broke her days-long silence Tuesday evening by coming out in support of the strikes while Tea Party favorites Rand PaulRand PaulWhat to watch for on Day 2 at the GOP convention Cyber squatters sitting on valuable VP web addresses Majority of GOP senators to attend Trump convention MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzTed CruzKasich leaves door open to Trump endorsement Instead of being bold, Clinton errs in picking Kaine Pro-LGBT push underscores GOP convention MORE (R-Texas) are taking the lead in rejecting any U.S. entanglement in Syria.
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