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WEB EXCLUSIVE: Congressman DesJarlais talks Syria with Channel 3

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U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais photographed in Chattanooga in 2012. Photo by Saul Young/News Sentinel U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais photographed in Chattanooga in 2012. Photo by Saul Young/News Sentinel
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

President Obama spent Tuesday morning meeting with members of a Congress hesitant to strike Syria.

More than a dozen congressional leaders were at the White House meeting but Tennessee's 4th District Congressman Scott DesJarlais (R) was in the Channel 3 studio talking about his stance on Syria.

DesJarlais said he was the only member of Congress from Tennessee present during a Syria debriefing Sunday in Washington, D.C.

"Before I went up I was opposed to any military action in Syria. I came back with that same opinion. After reviewing the documents, I just don't think there's any reason for the U.S. to get involved in this civil war at this point," he said.

DesJarlais said it's evident chemical weapons were used to kill in Syria but said that most Americans aren't ready for a strike.

"The mood of the American people not wanting to engage in another war like Iraq or Afghanistan at this point," he said. "I don't think there is an imminent threat to the United States or its allies

President Obama is trying to convince leaders like DesJarlais the attack wouldn't be another Iraq or Afghanistan.

DesJarlais said if a vote was held today, he doesn't think a strike would pass Congress.

"So right now it's an issue for every mom and dad who has a son or daughter in the military. This is potentially a tipping point for escalation in a Middle East war," he told Channel 3.

Congress meets in Washington September 9.

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