White House makes big push for Syria plan
One-on-one meetings, phone calls and town halls, the Obama administration is trying hard to rally support for a missile strike in Syria. NBC’s Peter Alexander reports.
一对一会议，打电话，市政厅，奥巴马政府试着获得对叙利亚导弹进攻的支持。NBC的Peter Alexander报道 。
For president Obama, it has been a long weekend of laying the groundwork to get congress' seal of approval to take military action against Syria. Tomorrow the president's top advisers will continue to make the case as debate intensifies over what's at stake for the US. and Syria. We begin with Peter Alexander at the White House. Peter, good evening.
reporter: Natalie, good evening to you. With a series of urgent calls and meetings, this has been a busy weekend for the president and his national security team trying to sell their case for strikes in Syria facing deep divisions within congress.
US act now!
reporter: The fierce debate over US military action in Syria is not confined to Washington. at a town hall in connecticut today.
The United States can't let dictators kill their own people and do nothing.
I really think for those war mongers who basically talk about going and shooting, etc. , put them in the front lines, and let me see how they will fire and shoot.
reporter: The president's challenge, to convince skeptical lawmakers on both sides. those opposed to US under intervention and those who insist it doesn't go far enough. John Mccain and Lindsey Graham who met with the president today, afterward expressed optimism that the White House is developing a better strategy to undermine Syrian president Bashar Assad and support the opposition.
If the congress were to reject a resolution like this after the president of the United States has already committed to action, the consequences would be cattleastrophic.
reporter: To win what observers agree is a political gamble. The White House calls a lobbying surge, everything is on the menu, a white house official told NBC News, including more classified briefings, testimony at congressional hearings, in-person visits, and one-on-one phone calls. But among those expressing reservations, members of the president's own party, democrats. Many still hindered by the decision to invade Iraq .
I don't see any way that a civil war in Syria and the fact that this evil man is using chemicals to kill his own people, how that affects directly or indirectly our national security .
reporter: Which is why the White House dispatched five heavyweights including secretary of state John Kerry for a conference call today with more than 120 house democrats. Considering our memories of Nazi Germany Kerry insisted that the US now faces a Munich moment and must act. Tomorrow the senate foreign relations committee, Natalie, will hold its first hearing on the issue. Then tomorrow night the president heads out of town overseas, first to Sweden, and then to Russia for the G20 summit where he will try to build international support.