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Memphis congressman weighs in as opposition to airstrikes in Syria surges

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"I'm getting both pro and con. Most people, I believe, are against," said Cohen. "I'm getting both pro and con. Most people, I believe, are against," said Cohen.

(WMC-TV) - President Barack Obama lobbied Congress Monday to intervene in Syria's civil war after claims that the Syrian government used chemical weapons on their own people.

Memphis Congressman Steve Cohen has always maintained he will follow the lead of his constituents when it comes time to vote on whether to take action. And if national polls are any indication, he may be hesitant to support the president's bid for war.

Cohen took a flight to Washington, D.C. Monday for another classified briefing on the Syrian affair.

Cohen would not comment on if he believed the Syrian government used gas on their own people. He says he needs more information and hopes that information will come out of Monday's briefing.

The White House continues lobbying members of congress to approve airstrikes against Syria.

"People have come up to me in grocery stores, the airport, at Levitt Shell, the zoo, at the ball game—wherever I am—and I have a lot of input," he said.

In just one week, Pew Research Center says American opposition to U.S. airstrikes in Syria has surged 15 points, from 48 percent to 63 percent.

"I'm getting both pro and con. Most people, I believe, are against," said Cohen.

Still, Cohen says he has not taken a position on the matter.

"I'm reading and reflecting," he said. "It's a very heady decision to make and I just hope people will support our government, our president and myself with whatever vote is taken."

Congress is expected to vote later this week. Meanwhile, the president will make a public address Tuesday night.

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