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October 10, 2014
Richard Tisei says he'll give Washington "the benefit of the doubt" on sending ground troops to Middle East
Lynn, MA – Today in Lynn, at the first debate of the general election, Richard Tisei said that he would give President Barack Obama and Congress "the benefit of the doubt" and support air strikes in Syria. He then said that he would give the President and Congress the "benefit of the doubt" to send ground troops as well. Seth Moulton, Marine veteran who served four tours of duty in Iraq and Democratic nominee for Congress in Massachusetts' 6th Congressional District, has long said that we need to ask the tough questions and demand a clear strategy before giving the President or Congress the green light to engage in the Middle East.
"In 2003, Congress gave President Bush the 'benefit of the doubt' on sending troops to Iraq. As a result, 4,486 young men and women lost their lives, and 4,486 families lost a son or daughter," said Moulton. "I just want to make one thing clear. I will never give the President the benefit of the doubt when it comes to putting young Americans in harm's way. I will make sure that we ask all the toughest questions, and limit that doubt, so that there is no question it is the right decision."
Moulton and Tisei participated in a debate this morning hosted by the Lynn Chamber of Commerce at the Porthole Restaurant in Lynn.
RT: I don’t want to tie the President’s hands. He’s obviously very dovish, he isn’t hawkish, but if he has the intelligence and knows what’s going on on a day to day basis, what kind of message would it have sent if Congress didn’t approve that aid to Syrian rebels? I would have given the President the benefit of the doubt. If the President comes to Congress and says you know what, we do need ground troops, I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt, because this is a huge threat. We can’t pretend it’s not happening. It’s a threat to here in America, but the President has to articulate it to the American people, and there has to be a full debate in the Congress. It was very cowardly for the Congress to leave without having voted on the airstrikes. I just think we are in a very scary world right now and we can’t pretend this isn’t happening.
SM: I just want to make one thing clear. I will never give the President the benefit of the doubt when it comes to putting young Americans in harm's way. I will make sure that we ask all the toughest questions, and limit that doubt, so that there is no question it is the right decision.