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September 06, 2013

Cummings' constitutents like Obama, but that doesn't mean they like Syria mission

Rep. Elijah Cummings represents a Baltimore district where President Barack Obama has strong support--but that doesn't automatically mean the Maryland Democrat will back the president on Syria."

"i think that that is a part of it, but I got to tell you it's not as much a part of it as you may think because I think what we are doing -- and I get the impression that a lot of people are looking at this -- I mean, I just think about my constituents," he explained after a briefing on Capitol Hill Friday.

"Just yesterday I walked through the district, and I asked those kind of questions.  I said, look, 80 percent of our district voted for the president.  We're very supportive.  And there were people who said, I love the president; I trust the president; he's like my son."

But.

"As one lady said...I disagree with my husband, but I love him to life.  And so, you know, you're going to have those disagreements.  And so we all have to, I think, look at this not just in a vacuum of what's happening today, but what's going to happen with regard to future generations, and that's -- and I think that's how we have to look at it."

So, Cummings said, "It's very difficult."

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