McCarthy is against action in Syria; Vigil held in Bakersfield

BAKERFIELD, Calif. - The Obama administration seeks to convince Congress and the American public that action against Syria is the appropriate course of action.

President Obama is meeting with lawmakers, media and make an address to the public in the next 48 hours.

Secretary of State John Kerry unexpectedly seemed to suggest US military action could be avoided if Syria's weapons were placed in international control.

Congressman Kevin McCarthy released a statement, saying, "There is nothing I take more seriously than issues that involve lives of the men and women of our military. And as I continue to evaluate the intelligence information surrounding Syria, and as I hear the calls and see the emails from my constituents, I continue to have strong reservations about the president's draft resolution asking congress to authorize the use of military forces when there remains so many unanswered questions on the mission and the goals."

A rally was held Monday in Bakersfield.

A vigil was at 7 p.m. at the intersection of Truxtun and Chester avenues in downtown Bakersfield.

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