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President Spends Holiday Debating Military Strike On Syria

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President Obama spends part of his Labor Day in top level meetings on the growing crisis in Syria. The president and his aides are trying to convince lawmakers on Capitol Hill that a military strike is the right choice. ABC's, Tahman Bradley has more.

The White House is hard at work this Labor Day trying to convince members of Congress to back a military strike in Syria.  Today, President Obama tries to win support from Sen. John McCain....meeting with his old 2008 rival at the White House.

"The consequences of the Congress of the United States overriding a decision of the President of the United States of this magnitude are really very,
very serious," said Sen. John McCain, (R) Arizona.

More than 70 members of Congress - some still dressed for summer vacation - attended a private briefing on Syria by the President's national security
team.  But several lawmakers told ABC News, if the vote was taken today, they believe it would fail.

"I would not for for it today," said Rep. Janice Hahn, (D) California

"In my mind, it's far from settled. it's not something that should be taken lightly," said Rep. Mike Burgess, (R) Texas

The President's national security team is providing new physical evidence against the Syrian regime.

"From first responders in East Damascus, we have signatures of sarin in their hair and blood samples," said John Kerry, Secretary of State.

But even with all the administration's evidence that Bashar al Assad's regime gassed its own people, Congress is war weary.

"People want to know there is no going to be a military entanglement like in Iraq or Afghanistan.  We've got a very skeptical public," said Rep. Ilena Ros-Lehtinen, (R) Florida.

"Congress returns September 9. The White House won't say what President Obama will do if  lawmakers vote against military action in Syria," reports Tahman Bradly, ABC News.

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