Obama Pushes His Case to Strike Syria

The president works to convince congress for military action in Syria.
2:37 | 09/09/13

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Starting with the president's hard sell on syria. All in now to convince a skeptical congress and a war-weary public that a strike is necessary. Nearly 6 in 10 americans oppose an attack. Jon karl has the latest from the white house. That opposition despite the fact that 80% of americans believe assad gassed his own people. Reporter: Right, george. That gives you an indication just how difficult that is for the president to convince congress to support a military strike. As the president makes the case for oousing military force, syria's president is firing back. In an interview are charlie rose of cps, he says, quote, there has been no evidence that I used chemical weapons against my own people pep h suggested there will be retaliation for a u.S. Attack. In london this morning, secretary of state john kerry shot back. So the evidence is powerful. And the question for all of us is, what are regoing to do about it? Reporter: The president is trying to make the hard sell to congress and the american people. Late last night, a surprise visit to a dinner republican senators were having with the vice president. Later today, he'll sit down for six national television interviews. Tomorrow, he will head to capitol hill, and later that night, he'll deliver a nationally televised primetime address. Good evening. Reporter: Even hillary clinton is joining in the effort, she'll show her support many a previously scheduled speech at the white house today. Congress, most americans oppose missile strikes in syria. Reporter: The president's usual supporters are expressing doubts. Moveon.Org is running tv ads to convince the president not to go ahead with the strikes. Absolutely none, george. The abc news vote count in the house is worse. 231 members saying they'll vote no or likely vote no. In the senate, it's much more closely divided. Most senators still undecided. George, as you know, the first test vote will come in the senate on wednesday. And the white house hoping that creates momentum. Thank you, jon. Diane will speak the president obama this afternoon. That interview airs tonight on "world news."

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