Kerry signals Obama Oval Office address on Syria

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Thursday, September 5, 2013 - 11:01am

Secretary of State John Kerry said Wednesday he has "no doubt" President Barack Obama will soon make a speech on Syria from the Oval Office.

Kerry's comment came at the end of a four-hour congressional hearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where he faced questions on the president's proposal to take military action in Syria.

Many members of Congress have been calling on Obama to make his case directly to the American public--in addition to Congress--as he seeks congressional authorization to launch limited strikes in the war-torn country.

Kerry's answer Wednesday came in response to a question by Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, who said he would support the mission.

"I think we've got a lot of work to do to help the American people understand why the risks of action are less than the risks of inaction," Messer said. "What more can be done to further communicate with the American people? For example, will the president make a speech from the Oval Office to the American people in one of the coming evenings?"

"I have no doubt the president will," Kerry replied.

The White House did not immediately respond to requests for confirmation of Kerry's comment.
 

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