WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama's toughest sell on military strikes against Syria is persuading the first-term Republicans in the House.
Many of the three dozen freshmen come from solidly GOP districts where voters have a deep distrust of the president. The freshmen barely know Obama, as his invitations to exclusive White House dinners have been to senators only.
For these first-termers, their only brush with Obama came in March when he visited Capitol Hill to talk with all House Republicans. Today he's asking them to vote for war. Their reluctance highlights the president's daunting task in securing congressional approval.
At least six freshmen have said they would vote against giving Obama the authority to use military force against Syria. Two have announced their support, and the rest remain undecided.
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