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Sep092013

Obama's Syria Media Blitz Includes All Major News Programs

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Before President Obama makes his case to the nation on Tuesday for military action against Syria, he'll sit down with the anchors of the major U.S. news networks and PBS on Monday in separate one-on-one interviews.

The on-air appearances coincide with a heavy fall agenda for the president and Congress as lawmakers return to Washington this week from their long summer recess.

Monday’s taped interviews to be broadcast on the networks’ nightly news will serve as a stepping stone for the president to frame his arguments before the American people.

Although backed by leading lawmakers in both parties, the administration’s goal to punish the Syrian government for its alleged use of chemical weapons has scant support among House Republicans and Democrats, according to unofficial tallies by ABC News.

The Syria question is also shadowed by a docket of issues for Capitol Hill including showdowns on the national debt, federal budget, healthcare, and a possible curb on the government’s surveillance of millions of its citizens.

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will lend a helping hand to Obama on Monday, speaking briefly about Syria during her remarks at a forum on wildlife trafficking in Washington, D.C.  One of her aides confirms to ABC News that Clinton will reiterate the written statement she made last week expressing support for Obama's proposed limited strikes in Syria.

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