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Liberal Dem: Obama should withdraw Syria authorization request

President Obama should withdraw his request for authorizing military force in Syria, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) said Sunday.

McGovern, a liberal Democrat, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he did not think there was sufficient support in Congress for military strikes in Syria.

“If they were asking me for my advice, I’d say withdraw the authorization,” McGovern said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“I think people view war as a last resort, and I don’t think people think we’re at that point,” he added.

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McGovern is one more than 30 House Democrats who have said they are against or leaning toward a “no” vote on military strikes, according to The Hill’s Whip List

Opposition from Democrats like McGovern will present the White House with an even mightier task to win a House vote on authorizing military action in Syria, as Republican “no” votes are piling up.

McGovern said Sunday he did not think military strikes were the right course.

“The point is whether or not what he’s proposing is the right thing to do or whether it’s the effective thing to do. And I just don’t believe that’s the case,” McGovern said. “There have to be other alternatives out there.”