Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said Tuesday that the best chance opponents of a U.S. strike in Syria have to stop the Obama administration from military action is in the Republican-controlled House but that he hadn't ruled out the possibility of launching a talking filibuster in the Senate.
"I think our best chance for ultimate victory is in the House," Paul told reporters on Tuesday after an hours-long Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, in which he was one of the most aggressive questioners of top administration officials.
Paul was not bullish on his chances of success, however, saying "it would be historic" to stop the authorization, as it has the support of President Obama, Speaker John Boehner, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. "50-50 [odds] might be optimistic," he said.
Still, Paul vowed to fight on in the Senate. He said that opponents of intervention in Syria, following allegations of chemical-weapons use by the government of President Bashar al-Assad, would almost assuredly push for a 60-vote majority in the Senate.
And Paul, whose 13-hour filibuster of a domestic drone policy hearing earlier this year captured national attention, said he might launch another speaking filibuster against a resolution to approve a Syria strike, saying such a strike would destabilize the Middle East.
"Whether there's an actual standing filibuster," he said, "I've got to check my shoes" and ability to tame his bladder, which is what ultimately caused the end of his drone filibuster.
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This article appears in the September 4, 2013 edition of NJ Daily.