On Tuesday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Congress would “probably” give President Barack Obama authorization to use force against Syria while questioning Secretary of State John Kerry before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
“Make me proud today, Secretary Kerry,” Paul said. “Stand up for us and say you’re gonna obey the Constitution, and if we vote you down, which is unlikely, by the way, but if we do, you would go with what the people say through their Congress and you wouldn’t go forward with a war that your Congress votes against…”
Later, in discussing his disappointment that Obama said he still had the power to strike Syria without congressional authorization, Paul said, “if this is real, you will abide by the verdict of Congress–you’re probably going to win–just go ahead and say it’s real, and let’s have a real debate in this country and not a meaningless debate that, in the end, you lose and you say, ‘oh well, we had the authority anyway and we’re going to go ahead and go to way anyway.'”