To his credit, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., an avid supporter of President Obama’s plan to launch a military attack on Syria in response to an alleged chemical weapons attack, was willing to face his constituents in Phoenix.
As polls indicate overwhelming opposition to military strikes in Syria — a Pew Research Center poll released Tuesday found that only 29 percent of adults are in favor — McCain got an earful and then some on from his constituents Thursday during the tense town hall event.
“We didn’t send you to make war for us. We sent you to stop the war,” one man called out to applause, according to CNN.
Another man, holding a bag of marshmallows, declared Congress was going soft on its duties to represent voters, CNN reported.
“This is what I think of Congress,” he said. “They are a bunch of marshmallows. That’s what they are. That’s what they’ve become. Why are you not listening to the people and staying out of Syria? It’s not our fight.”
A woman who said she had an eighteen-year-old relative in Syria made an impassioned plea to McCain to pursue diplomatic routes.
“For me, to listen to you say there is no good option in Syria – I refuse to believe that,” she said. “The good option right now is to take Saudi Arabia and Iran and force them to stop supporting the two sides in Syria. And you could do it. You can do it by diplomacy, not bombs, Sen. McCain.”
If body language is an indicator, while McCain gave voters a chance to voice their opinion, those voices were falling on deaf ears – as implied in a photo he tweeted of three apparent supporters of his position on Syria:
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) September 6, 2013