September 2nd, 2013
01:55 PM ET

And If Congress Says No...

CNN's Chris Cuomo asks CNN Political Commentator Ari Fleischer and  former DNC chairman Howard Dean to weigh in on President Obama going to Congress about taking action in Syria.  Both men stand behind the President's move.

Fleischer says, "A nation is always stronger, a democracy, when it has the people behind it and that’s why it’s important to go to Congress... in this instance."

Dean adds the President is not weak for wanting a national debate.


But CNN's Kate Bouldan  asks Republican Strategist Ana Navarro  and Columbia University professor Marc Lamont Hill what happens if Congress says no.

Navarro responds that loss is not an option for the President.

"There is nothing like the bully pulpit of a president and he needs to use it in the coming 8 days because he needs to win this vote. It would be devastating for President Obama if he doesn’t win it," she says. "It would be devastating for the U.S and how we are perceived internationally if we can’t come to some unity on this."

The professor protests that the bully pulpit hasn't persuaded Republicans to join causes the President has brought up in the past.

"There’s been a commitment to obstructing the President. I’m not sure if the serious situation will be different, but the President put himself in a very problematic position," Lamont Hill says.

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