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Michigan reacts to President's call for a strike on Syria


UNDATED (WKZO) -- President Obama will press his case for a strike on Syria, giving interviews to the network news anchors today and making a nation wide address Tuesday evening as congress gets ready to vote on the issue.

Right now the polls are running against taking action.

While Congress has to make the decision, public opinion could well carry the day, and that’s why the President is trying to convince both Congress and the public that a strike is the right thing to do.

Two Michigan Congressmen still disagree over the U.S. policy in Syria and whether the U.S. should launch a strike.

Both West Michigan Republican Justice Amash and Intelligence Committee Chair Mike Rogers of Brighton are taking issue with the President but for very different reasons.

Rogers says if the President was doing a better job of making his case and releasing more facts, then opposition would subside.

Amash says he has been in classified briefings and is still not convinced and he doesn't think the President can make a case for what he wants to do. 

Both Amash and Rogers appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation”.

New footage of the victims of that chemical warfare attack in Syria will be shown to members of Congress as the U.S. Senate prepares to take a vote on a military strike this week.

While some have already received classified briefings on the incident and the proposed U.S. response, some have not.

Michigan Democrat John Dingell is keeping an open mind.

Republican Fred Upton says the Obama Administration needs to have a lot of questions answered to convince him that this is a good idea. He wants to know why the U.N. isn’t taking a stand and why there isn’t more international support for a punitive strike.

Upton says he will get his first classified briefing after he returns to Washington this week. .