Obama heads home, will seek to convince Americans on Syria attack

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — He’s headed back home from the G-20 summit in Russia, but President Barack Obama will have little time to rest up from his overseas trip. He’s planning an address to the American people Tuesday night, in which he’ll try to get support for a U.S. military strike on Syria in response to a chemical weapons attack last month.

Obama conceded today that he might not convince a majority of Americans that a military strike is the right move. But he says it’s still up to members of Congress to decide. He’s not saying whether he’d go ahead with an attack if Congress votes no.

A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner (BAY’-nur) says Obama is going to have to make a convincing case Tuesday night.

Surveys have shown a significant number of House Republicans and Democrats opposed to military action or leaning against it — but officials in the leadership say it’s premature to say the resolution can’t be approved. At this stage, just a third of the House and Senate members have been given classified briefings.

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179-a-14-(Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., in remarks)-”of chemical weapons”-Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says the Senate will take up the resolution allowing President Obama to conduct military strikes on Syria. ((longer version of cut in wrap)) (6 Sep 2013)

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172-w-36-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Barack Obama)–President Obama has left the G-20 Summit in Russia claiming momentum on his call for a military strike on Syria to punish last month’s chemical weapons attack. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (6 Sep 2013)

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149-a-09-(President Barack Obama, at news conference)-”and appropriate action”-President Obama says he’ll address the nation about Syria on Tuesday. (6 Sep 2013)

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APPHOTO RUSM144: US President Barack Obama during his news conference at the G-20 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Sept. 6, 2013. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) (6 Sep 2013)

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