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State lawmakers respond to possible Syrian strike

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Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks about Syria. Sen. Lindsey Graham speaks about Syria.

As President Obama continues to push Congress to approve a military strike against Syria, several state lawmakers are beginning to speak out about the possible attack.

Senator Lindsey Graham met with both Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) and President Obama Monday to discuss the best steps. Shortly after the meeting, Senator Graham spoke out about how important it is for Congress to act.

"To those who say in the Congress, Syria is not our business then you, honest to God, don't understand the world we live in," Graham said.

The Senator also said that he does not want another Iraq or Afghanistan. He is pushing the President to get better at explaining why Syria should matter to South Carolinians. During the press conference, Graham became the first lawmaker to discuss how Syria could affect the on-going tensions with Iran.

"I can't sell another Iraq or Afghanistan because I don't want to," Graham said. "I can sell to the people of South Carolina that if we don't get Syria right, Iran is surely going to take the signals that we don't care about their nuclear program."

Senator Tim Scott seems to be taking a less defined stance than Senator Graham.

In a statement to News 2, Scott said that a Congressional debate is key. However, he stopped short of saying exactly what he wanted. The only things he said is that the action taken must be in the best interest of the country, and that he won't put boots on the ground.

Newly-elected Representative Mark Sanford said he has many questions that the President needs to answer before making his decision.

Sanford said he wants to know more about the strategy behind attacking Syria. He is asking the President to make it more clear about what outcome he wants. Sanford was also adamant that President Obama set an official exit plan.

Until those questions are answered, Sanford said he can't support the President's plan.

"You need to be really, really serious about what your tactical and strategic effect is intended to be," Sanford said. "And, I don't think the administration has yet to define that, and for that reason, at this point I cannot be supportive."

Sanford said there have been no talks to bring lawmakers back to Washington D.C. any earlier. He said he expects a debate and a vote to begin once the session begins on September 9.

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