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    White House chief of staff confident of vote on Syria strikes

    White House chief of staff confident of vote on Syria strikes

    Jeremy Herb - 09/08/13 10:53 AM ET

    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough said President Obama will win the vote to authorize military strikes in Syria, despite mounting congressional opposition.

    “This resolution is going to pass after we work this,” McDonough said on ABC’s “This Week.”

    The White House chief of staff appeared on all five Sunday shows as the Obama administration ramps up its media blitz to try to sway public opinion on Syria. McDonough’s Sunday show sweep comes before the president will conduct a round of interviews with the television networks on Monday and give a primetime White House address on Tuesday.

    The public pitch from Obama is part of the administration’s plans to convince Congress that strikes are a necessary response after Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime allegedly used chemical weapons last month.

    “No” votes on a strike have piled up this past week after Obama said he would seek congressional authorization before taking military action, particularly among Republicans.

    McDonough acknowledged the votes were not there yet but said on “Fox News Sunday” that it was “too early to come to any conclusion.”

    McDonough made his pitch on Sunday to Congress and the public that strikes are necessary for U.S. national security interests and would remain limited in scope. He argued across the five shows he appeared on that the White House was making progress because the intelligence that Assad’s regime is responsible for the attack is not in doubt.

    “Members have been in their districts and in their states, we've been talking to many of them, dozens of them,” he said on “This Week.” “And when they see this intelligence, they do not rebut it. So the bottom line is, they have to answer the question: Should there be consequences?”

    McDonough declined to answer some of the more difficult questions that Obama has not addressed, such as what the president would do if Congre

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