Congress Faces Uphill Battle

Published 09/06 2013 10:44AM

Updated 09/06 2013 10:46AM

(NBC News) President Barack Obama, arguing for an attack on Syria but confronted with a war-weary public and deep skepticism in Congress, is considering the gravest option any president has to sell a military strike -- a prime-time address to the nation.

Members of Congress, during two days of occasionally combative hearings on Syria earlier this week, have pushed for the president to make a more direct case to the public before the United States punishes Syria for using chemical weapons.

Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., asked Secretary of State John Kerry at a hearing Wednesday whether the president will speak from the Oval Office "in one of the coming evenings." Kerry answered: "I have no doubt the president will."

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