President Barack Obama is heading to Congress with fresh hopes of a diplomatic breakthrough that would allow Syria's government to avert U.S. missile strikes if it surrenders its chemical weapons arsenal.
His Tuesday meetings with Democratic and Republican lawmakers come at a time that opposition to military action is mounting among Americans and lawmakers. Obama had planned to use the meetings with senators to personally lobby his plan of targeted strikes against Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces in retaliation for last month's massive chemical weapons attack outside of Damascus.
Instead, he signaled in interviews ahead of his trip to Capitol Hill that new diplomacy involving Russia and others could eliminate the risks of a repeat chemical attack without requiring American military intervention.
According to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, nearly 60% of Americans want their lawmakers to vote â??Noâ?? on using military force in Syria. The poll also finds that just 24% believe that U.S. military action in response to Syriaâ??s reported use of chemical weapons is in the interest of the United States.
President Obama will address the nation to advocate U.S. intervention in Syria Tuesday night at 9 p.m. which will be aired live on NBC 3, CBS 5, and CW 6. We will also have full coverage of what the president said Tuesday night during our 11 p.m. newscasts.