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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Kentucky U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell says he will soon reveal his position on a missile attack on Syria.

McConnell has come under criticism for not taking a stand on whether to strike Syria for President Assad's use of chemical weapons against his own people.  "The question is what should our response be, if any," McConnell told WDRB's Lawrence Smith.

It's a question McConnell has not yet answered.

President Obama wants the green light from Congress before launching a missile strike on Syria.  But McConnell says he's still weighing all the options.

"One of the things the administration's looking at, that I hope they will end up doing, is providing more assistance to those who are fighting the regime. But nobody's contemplating using American military personnel. It's a tough decision. I'm going to announce my decision next week," he said.

McConnell brushes aside attacks from his opponents, including primary challenger Matt Bevin, that he is failing to lead on Syria.  "I'm looking at the facts, and when I make a decision, I'll announce it," said McConnell.

Also on the campaign trail, a group called the Senate Conservatives fund is running an ad blitz going after McConnell for not pushing to defund Obamacare.  McConnell calls the law a train wreck, but says in a Democratic Senate, the votes to defund it simply are not there. At least not yet.

"This train is heading down the tracks toward a complete catastrophe. I would be shocked if the elected representatives of our country don't respond to it," he said.

Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes is making McConnell's opposition to raising the minimum wage one of her hot button issues.  "Instead of looking out and advocating on behalf of the working men and women of Kentucky, has time and time again voted against, actually raising the minimum wage," Grimes told WDRB during a Labor Day picnic held by Louisville labor unions.

McConnell says a higher minimum wage will mean fewer jobs.  "It eliminates a lot of entry-level jobs, particularly for young people. Many of whom are moving back home with their parents now because they can't find work," said McConnell.

McConnell came to the WDRB studio to record a Point of View in which he pushes for charter schools. And while he did talk issues, McConnell would not discuss his re-election campaign.

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