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Kentuckiana congressional delegation largely opposed to military action in Syria

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- President Obama's speech last night on the crisis in Syria did not sway Kentuckiana's congressional delegation. Almost all remain solidly opposed to a military strike.

There are 11 senators and congressmen who represent Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Right now, all but one either opposes or is leaning toward opposing military action in Syria.

Indiana Congressman Todd Young had been at least open to a possible missile strike against Syria. But now, after the President's speech, Young says he's a definite "no."

"I did want to give the President an opportunity to make his case before making a final decision about the best path forward. I'm now resolved that I do not support the authorization for use of military force," said Young.

He joins most of Kentucky's congressional delegation, as well as Indiana Sen. Dan Coats in opposing military action in Syria.

Kentucky's Hal Rogers says he's leaning "no."

Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly remains officially undecided.

Sen. Rand Paul has been the most outspoken, making his own speech Tuesday night following the President.

"We fail to see a national security interest in a war between a leader who gasses his own citizens and Islamic rebels who are killing Christians," said Paul.

The congressional delegation appears to reflect the public attitude towards Syria. Polls show Americans want a diplomatic, not a military solution. The debate is evident here on the streets of Louisville.

"I would say 'no' until we get further approval from the United Nations," said one man.

One woman said, "You can't put American lives in danger in order to protect a foreign country."

"We have an opportunity to stop innocent people from being gassed. We should jump on that opportunity," said one dissenting voice who approved of a military strike.

"It's a civil war. It's not our problem," said another.

Young says all options should remain open. But he says Congress seems fairly unified on this issue.

"Unified against the use of military force, but unified in our bipartisan effort to try and assure the United States ends up in the best possible spot coming out of this mess," said Young.

Sen. Mitch McConnell, of course, is fighting for re-election. Of his major opponents, Republican Matt Bevin is strongly opposed to military action in Syria. Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes says she is skeptical.

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