Dick Lugar condemns “random outliers” in Congress opposing Syria strike

Former Indiana Republican Sen. Dick Lugar had harsh words for those in his party -- including Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul -- who oppose a military strike in Syria, insisting that history would judge them poorly for casting such a vote.

"The American public...is going to support people who were solid at the time rather than random outliers who are trying to at least capitalize on the situation," said Lugar in an interview for Post TV's "In Play" show.

Lugar also criticized President Obama for his approach to Congress on previous matters of foreign policy. "The President ignored the Congress," Lugar said. "The President said 'I can do whatever I want to do in these respects'." Lugar did add, however, he supports the President Obama's resolution seeking military action against Syria.

Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) says the world's view of the U.S. "would suffer" if Congress votes not to strike Syria. (The Washington Post)

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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