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Tonight in the Crossfire: Menendez and Paul on Syria
September 9th, 2013
04:30 PM ET

Tonight in the Crossfire: Menendez and Paul on Syria

Crossfire returns tonight, 6:30pm ET on CNN.

Sen. Robert Menendez and Sen. Rand Paul join hosts Newt Gingrich and Stephanie Cutter in the Crossfire to debate a congressional authorization for a Syria strike.

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Gingrich: Obama administration confused, conflicted over Syria

Cutter: Congress, let this be a vote of conscience

soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. RC

    Watch out!

    Now that we are focused on Syria the wheels are turning.

    Obama will give the Republicans the lessor of the 2 evils on the Fed Chair, the Republicans will give Obama the Obamacare train wreck and Benghazi will fade away.

    September 12, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  2. Barbara

    This situation is and should not be political. The President should not be persuaded by what the World or Americans think of him or of America. If the situation with Syria can be remedied using communication with the Russians and their allies, we should be thankful. I like what a women said to Sen. McCain at a town meeting. She said America children live in poverty, are hungry; our economy and debt is out of control and needs to be fixed. I know we all feel sorry for the Syrian people and their families, but we need to take care of our own. That is not to say America should not help with humanitarian conditions in Syria and we should put Americans first above all. Do not bomb Syria......

    September 9, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  3. rocky

    I couldn't believe CNN let a conservative viewpoint on the show. I was getting tired of all liberals all the time. I will have to start watching more often. Great job CNN! Let both sides of the issues be argued.

    September 9, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Reply
  4. rocky

    Why did the hosts let Menendez try to filibuster the show rather than answer the question. I would have liked to hear what the others had to say.

    September 9, 2013 at 7:17 pm | Reply
    • tbd13.0

      Hosts? What hosts?

      It was all Stephanie Cutter allowing Menedez to talk and cutting off Newt and Rand. This is just a replay of her campaign tactics. Soon, she will be caught in a bald faced lie much like she was (many times) during the campaign.

      I don't see Newt staying with this program or CNN for very long with this format and for good reason.

      September 10, 2013 at 11:33 am | Reply
  5. Steve

    I was looking forward to watching Crossfire. After 15 minutes of the show this evening I had to turn the TV off. I won't return for future sessions. Cutter was obnoxious. She did not let Paul answer questions without her interrupting him constantly and talking over him. Gingrich on the other hand allowed Menendez plenty of time to express his views. I am an Independent and like to hear both sides but Cutter does not seem interested in allowing the right to speak. I'll watch something else from now on.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  6. M. Kelly

    I really expected Newt Gingrich to be the unreasonable one on tonight's show. Instead, Stephanie Cutter took on that role.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:51 pm | Reply
  7. JerryG1

    Reasons to be backing P. Obama's handling:
    Do what has to be done to stop chemical weapon massacres of civilians, children.
    (Humanity's redline. If not America, who?)
    Don't be a fool-hardy, bombs-away, ready-fire-aim president.
    Go to congress. The War Powers Act is there for a reason.
    Build international consensus. To the best of our ability.
    (Even if Churchill is spinning in his grave after the Neocon-hangover UK vote.)
    (Fully knowing haters gonna hate, and pacifists going to pacify...)
    Take the case to congress and the American people.

    And, my additional personal preference: Force a vote in the UN.
    Give peace a chance. But no matter what, stop the slaughter of children.

    September 9, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Reply
    • rocky

      The problem is that after a limited strike what is different? Assad is still in power, still possessing WMDs. What would he have to lose? The slaughter of thousands of children would begin and after they show the pictures of hundreds of dead civilians from the US bombing, millions more around the world would hate the US. P. Obama needs to get some competent advisors in the White House before he really gets us in trouble.

      September 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm | Reply


    September 9, 2013 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  9. Scott

    I sure hope your show is all about George Zimmerman tonight! He is far more important than Syria-just ask the lefties.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  10. Ken in MD

    I support the President on most issues, but on this one I disagree. Should Assad have used chemical weapons? No. Should we do something to stop him? Diplomatically, yes. Militarily, no. We need to stop being the world's police squad. How many other countries have killed thousands or even millions of their own people and we have done nothing? Why pick this one to start?

    September 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • fdfranck

      I don,t support the president At that point. It will not good for Americans people to involve in conflict with others.

      We have enough homes!

      September 9, 2013 at 6:23 pm | Reply
    • Barbara

      Right on!!!!!

      September 9, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  11. james

    There is always another option rather than being dragged into war.

    September 9, 2013 at 5:42 pm | Reply

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