Thursday, September 5th, 2013
CONTACT: Amy Runyon-Harms, Executive Director at [email protected]

DENVER: As Congress begins to debate President Barack Obama’s request for authorization to take military action against Syria following that nation’s alleged use of chemical weapons against its civilian population, ProgressNow Colorado demanded Rep. Mike Coffman stop contradicting himself on this critical foreign policy issue.

“One day, Coffman demands that Obama consult Congress for permission to attack Syria,” said ProgressNow Colorado executive director Amy Runyon-Harms, “and the next, he attacks President Obama, claiming that the delay in striking Syria has ‘wasted precious time.’ It looks like Coffman’s only goal is to find ways to criticize the President—even if that means contradicting himself.”

On August 29th, Rep. Coffman issued a statement on the situation in Syria, saying that “since the United States is not in danger of an ‘imminent attack’ the President must follow the Constitution and the War Powers Act of 1973 and come to the Congress for support before going forward with a military strike of any kind.” 1

On September 2nd, however, Coffman told CBS 4 Denver that “the delay in striking Assad has wasted precious time.” 2

“The Assad government has had all the time in the world to move their assets around so they don’t present themselves as easy targets,” Coffman said.

“If you listen to Rep. Coffman, President Obama was ‘damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t,’” said Runyon-Harms. “A serious foreign policy debate that could result in military action deserves better than partisan blame games and contradictions. It seems that Coffman’s whole purpose is to play politics, criticizing the President no matter what he does.”

“It’s past time for Rep. Coffman to stop with partisan games and start showing leadership,” said Runyon-Harms.