Udall remains outspoken against president's plan on Syria

Posted at: 09/08/2013 10:37 PM
Updated at: 09/08/2013 10:46 PM
By: Nicole Brady, KOB Eyewitness News 4 and KOB.com Staff

Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico is becoming one of the most outspoken critics of the president’s plan to intervene in Syria.

Heading into another vote this week, it is clear that Udall is sticking to his position.

Sunday’s appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press caps off a week in the spotlight for Senator Tom Udall on the subject of Syria.

“We all know first of all what he did, Bashar Assad, was a heinous act, it's despicable, it breaks my heart when you see that video,” said Udall.

Udall and his fellow senators watched graphic videos of chemical weapons being used against civilians, including children.

Most, including Senator Udall, are not arguing that Syrian President Assad was involved.

“But the big question for the congress right now is what is the most effective way to move forward,” said Udall.

Udall appeared on Meet the Press just days after he grilled Secretary of State John Kerry on Capitol Hill.

He is still pushing for the United States to rally more of the world—including Russia.

“And Russia we haven't even made them vote, they keep saying they haven't seen the intelligence, we ought to show them the intelligence, we ought to take the intelligence to the world,” Udall said.

Last week the Senate Foreign Relations Committee ultimately passed a proposal to allow military action in Syria.

The vote was 10 to7.

Udall was one of the seven to vote against it.

On Sunday, Udall characterized the president’s proposal as “an act of war,” and says the American people do not want to be embroiled in a Middle Eastern civil war.