The Fine Print
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver is one of President Obama’s biggest champions in Congress and even served as a national co-chairman of Obama’s first presidential campaign. But the strong Obama loyalist is poised to break step with the president in his call for congressional approval for military action against Syria.
Following a heated town meeting in his home district in Missouri, Cleaver told “The Fine Print” that there has never been an issue that has caused him “to lose as much sleep as this vote,” but says the president’s argument has not yet been convincing.
"You know what I keep thinking? What would I be saying and what would I be doing if George Bush was in the White House?” Cleaver said. “Because otherwise, I'm practicing situational principles and if I do that, I don't like me. What's right should be right, no matter who sleeps in the White House.”
For two hours, Cleaver got an earful from constituents expressing skepticism and opposition to action in Syria.
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