McConnell says Congress will likely back military action against Islamic militants

09/03/2014 05:53 PM

More military involvement in Iraq and Syria is a possibility, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell told reporters in Louisville on Wednesday, but first McConnell said the president needs to come up with a plan and present it to Congress.

Responding to a question from Pure Politics, McConnell said that he feels the president is heading down the right path on threat from ISIS, which McConnell said is a threat to Americans at home.

However, McConnell said that President Barack Obama needs to make the case for action and who the U.S. is dealing with.

“He needs to remind everybody that this is not just some middle eastern dispute here. This is people who want to kill us here at home,” McConnell said.

McConnell said that he thinks Congress will support a proposal for action from Obama to counter the group which has made inroads into Iraq and Syria.

“I think it is pretty obvious from these two beheadings that these people wish us ill. We know from intelligence reports that they have the ability to hit us here in the United States and I hope the president will come up with a plan submit it to Congress next week. And I think it will be highly likely that were going to be interested in supporting him,” McConnell said.

Obama and Vice President Biden made public remarks about the need to go after the terrorist group after the executions of two American journalists.

And McConnell told Pure Politics on Wednesday that Americans know what happens when action is not taken.

“We had this experience here once on 9/11 we don’t want to have it again,” McConnell said.

Nick Storm

Nick Storm is the Anchor and Managing Editor of Pure Politics available exclusively on Spectrum News. Pure Politics is the only nightly program dedicated to Kentucky politics. Nick covers all of the political heavyweights and his investigative work brings to light issues that might otherwise go unnoticed, like his coverage of the backlog of DNA rape kits waiting to be tested in Kentucky. Nick is also working on a feature length bio documentary Outlaw Poet: A documentary on Ron Whitehead. Pure Politics airs weeknight at 7 and 11:30 on Spectrum News. Follow Nick on Twitter @NStorm_Politics. Nick can be reached at 502-792-1107 or


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