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Obama seeks to recruit McCain, Graham backing on Syria military action

President Obama will seek to convince Sens. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainCindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors Arkansas state senator says he's leaving Republican Party MORE (R-Ariz.) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamOvernight Defense: Biden sends message with Syria airstrike | US intel points to Saudi crown prince in Khashoggi killing | Pentagon launches civilian-led sexual assault commission Graham: Trump will 'be helpful' to all Senate GOP incumbents John Boehner tells Cruz to 'go f--- yourself' in unscripted audiobook asides: report MORE (R-S.C.) to support limited military strikes against Syria during a White House meeting on Monday.

McCain and Graham will meet with Obama at about 2 p.m. 

McCain and Graham support military action, but argue the strike under consideration by Obama is too limited, and their support of congressional authorization is in doubt.

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If Obama can bring the two around, it would greatly increase the chances of military authorization being approved by the Senate, though winning House approval could remain difficult.

The meeting is part of what the White House has called a “flood the zone” effort to win congressional and public support behind a strike against Syria.

The House Democratic Caucus will receive an unclassified briefing via telephone on Monday morning. Secretary of Defense Chuck HagelCharles (Chuck) Timothy Hagel15 former Defense officials back waiver for Austin to serve as Defense secretary The Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history John Kirby to reprise role as Pentagon press secretary under Biden MORE, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and Secretary of State John KerryJohn KerryUN: Emission reduction plans 'fall far short' Climate change rears its ugly head, but Biden steps up to fight it Recapturing the spirit of Bretton Woods MORE are among the officials giving the briefing, whith the White House expects a large number of Democrats will dial-in for.

Obama, Vice President Biden and White House Chief of Staff Dennis McDonough are also making calls to individual members to win them over.

On Tuesday, Obama will meet with chairmen and ranking members of several key committees: the Senate Armed Services, Senate Foreign Relations, Senate Intelligence, House Foreign Affairs, House Intelligence and House Armed Services panels.

In a joint statement, McCain and Graham said Saturday that limited action would be “an inadequate response” to violence in Syria.

“[W]e cannot in good conscience support isolated military strikes in Syria that are not part of an overall strategy that can change the momentum on the battlefield, achieve the President's stated goal of Assad's removal from power, and bring an end to this conflict, which is a growing threat to our national security interests,” the senators said.

McCain also said on CBS' “Face the Nation” on Sunday that any attack “can't just be, in my view, pinprick cruise missiles.”

Other lawmakers argued after a classified briefing from administration officials on Sunday that the authorization sought by the White House was too broad.

This story was posted at 9:20 a.m. and updated at 11:00 a.m.