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Wednesday, Sep 04 2013 10:35 AM

'First Look': McCarthy talks about Syria

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    By Felix Adamo /The Californian

    Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, talks about the crisis in Syria with Scott Cox on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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    By Felix Adamo /The Californian

    Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, on "First Look with Scott Cox" on Wednesday.

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    By Felix Adamo /The Californian

    Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, said Wednesday he wants more information on any possible military action in Syria. His comments on "First Look with Scott Cox" mirrored what he told The Californian on Tuesday.

The House Majority Whip said when you're making decisions about the U.S. military, that is a different kind of vote.

He said he believes chemical weapons were used by the Syrian regime, but that it's also happened before. He wants to know what makes this time different.

McCarthy said he wants to consider all ramifications of a decision on military action.

There must be a clear objective so the public and the world know what's being done, he said, and whether that objective has been met can be evaluated.

McCarthy said President Barack Obama has to tell the American people the objective.

"I don't see the clear objective here," McCarthy said.

The congressman also spoke briefly about the calls for immigration reform, saying he believes the system is broken.

He repeated a statistic he's shared before: That 42 percent of the people in the country here illegally come here legally and overstayed their visas. He also said the border needs to be secure.

 

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