Pelosi: Getting Yes Votes On Syria A Question Of ‘Discussing,’ Not ‘Whipping’

AP

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Tuesday followed House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) in voicing support for military action in Syria, but cautioned that more information on the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons — which she referred to as “weapons of mass destruction” — needs to be made available to the American people.

“It was a very constructive meeting. The president listened to our colleagues. The speaker was very clear,” she told reporters after a meeting between members of Congress and administration officials. “But again, I believe that the American people need to hear more about the intelligence that supports this action.”

Asked whether she would need to “whip” her colleagues to vote in favor of military action, Pelosi said “it’s not a question of whipping, it’s a question of discussing.”

“I don’t think that the congressional authorization is necessary,” she added. “I do think it’s a good thing.”

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