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Republican Cantor says he will back President Obama on Syria

11:06 AM, Sep 3, 2013   |    comments
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Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) speaks during his weekly news conference June 6, 2013 on Capitol Hill (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) - House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he will back President Barack Obama's call to use military force against Syria for alleged chemical weapons use.

Following a meeting with the president on Tuesday, the Virginia Republican said the U.S. has a compelling national security interest to prevent the use of weapons of mass destruction.

Cantor joined House Speaker John Boehner in supporting Obama, providing the president with key support among House Republican leaders.

Obama has said he will seek support from Congress before launching a military strike against Syria. Cantor said it is up to Obama to make the case to Congress and the American people that force is necessary.

Cantor says he hopes the president is successful.

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