Both Denham and his Democratic challenger oppose military action in Syria

09/09/2013 5:26 PM

09/09/2013 8:39 PM

Both Republican Congressman Jeff Denham and his Democratic challenger are opposing military intervention in Syria.

“Given the information I have seen so far, should the House vote on authorizing military action in Syria, I am a strong ‘no’ vote,” Denham said today. “President Obama needs to make the case to the American people that this kind of force is necessary to defend American interests. He has failed to do so.”

Michael Eggman, who seeks to replace Denham as the 10th Congressional District’s representative, holds a similar view.

“(Were) I in Congress, I would need the administration to go further than they have and demonstrate how a strike in Syria would prevent that nation from launching further chemical attacks,” Eggman told The Bee this afternoon. “I would need to see a concrete entry and exit strategy with various contingencies laid out. Without these explanations, I would be a no vote.”

Eggman, who grew up in Turlock but now lives in Kingsburg, said he thinks it is proper for Congress to vote before military action is taken.

According to Denham’s staff, “a large majority of the constituents who have contacted our office have opposed American military involvement in Syria.... The vast majority do not think the United States should get involved.”

The 10th Congressional District includes all of Stanislaus County, plus Escalon, Ripon, Manteca and Tracy.

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