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Topic - Scott Rigell
The pressure is building on President Obama to let Congress do its job by debating the nation's potential involvement in a strike against the Syrian government.
It has taken eight days for the major players to stake out their territory after the chemical attacks on civilians in Syria. The emerging strategic messages and responses are under the magnification of many journalists who pine to shield President Obama from any comparisons to former President George W. Bush, and the challenges he faced in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We have a straightforward mission, and we have only one reason to exist. And that is to make sure that Hillary Clinton never becomes president of the United States," Garrett Marquis, spokesman for Stop Hillary PAC, tells Inside the Beltway.
Employing campaign-style tactics, President Obama told shipyard workers in Newport News, Va., on Tuesday that Republican lawmakers and their opposition to higher taxes are to blame for looming economy-damaging budget cuts.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who took an aerial tour on Monday to assess the damage from Hurricane Irene in Hampton Roads, said power had been restored to 600,000 customers and nearly all restorations would be completed by Friday.
Republican challengers unseated three Democratic House members, including a 14-term incumbent and a protege of President Obama, in a conservative whiplash election.
Mr. Rigell, a Republican, said that it would be a "sign of strength, not weakness" if the Obama administration slows down the decision-making process and follows the Constitution.
We have not been attacked," he said during an appearance on WAVY-TV 10 in Portsmouth, Va. "The Constitution makes clear in my view that he really has to come to Congress and receive, not just consultation, but specific statutory authority before engaging U.S. troops."