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Rand Paul: I May Filibuster Against Syria Action

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By Courtney Coren   |   Wednesday, 04 Sep 2013 09:06 AM

Sen. Rand Paul may filibuster against military action in Syria, he told reporters Tuesday.

"I can't imagine that we won't require 60 votes on this," the Kentucky Republican said in a conference call. "Whether there's an actual standing filibuster — I've got to check my shoes and check my ability to hold my water. And we will see. I haven't made a decision on that."

However, Paul said, he believes the best place to defeat a resolution authorizing military action is in the House of Representatives rather than the Senate, The Washington Post reported.

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"I think our best chance for ultimate victory is in the House," Paul said.

He restated his position that attacking Syria would only serve to bring more turbulence to the region, including attacks against Israel and increasing U.S. tensions with Iran and Russia.

Moreover, he said, it may not even accomplish the U.S. government's goal: crippling Syria's ability to use chemical weapons.

"At this point I think it's a bad idea," Paul said.

Paul said he appreciates that President Barack Obama is seeking congressional approval for military action, but that a report that Obama may strike even without the OK is "insulting."

There is strong opposition in Kentucky to military action against Syria, Paul said, and he has received standing ovations in his home state for his opposition to war in Syria, the Daily Caller reported.

In March, Paul spent 13 hours on his feet on the Senate floor arguing against the confirmation of John Brennan for CIA director.

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Sen. Rand Paul is considering another standing filibuster in the Senate — this time in opposition to military action in Syria.

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