Pryor: Questions remain on Syria vote

Associated Press

TEXARKANA (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas says President Barack Obama needs to explain what America's interest would be in attacking Syria, while Republican rival and Rep. Tom Cotton says he's worried a rejection of the request would weaken the presidency in the eyes of the world.

Pryor said Monday he has questions about the nation's interest and goals as he weighs whether to support a strike against the Syrian government, which U.S. officials said killed at least 1,429 civilians, more than 400 of whom were children, with sarin gas last month.

Obama said Saturday he'll seek congressional approval for military action.

Cotton, who is challenging Pryor next year, says he supports the U.S. intervening but wants to make sure the resolution Congress would approve leads to "effective and decisive" action.

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