U.S. military action in Syria is proving to be a tough sell especially with the public. A forum in West Hartford Monday night brought out more than 100 people, many of whom voiced opposition against a possible strike.
A decision is now in the hands of Congress.
Sen. Chris Murphy said he remains skeptical of any military action despite a personal phone call from President Barack Obama on Sunday.
"The president made a very persuasive case to me," Sen. Murphy said. "I told him that I would listen this week and I told him I walked into the debate this week as a skeptic."
The junior senator told NBC Connecticut he has not made up his mind on how he will vote.
"We haven't seen the final resolution," Sen. Murphy said. "I certainly am going to be a tough sell but I have yet to see the classified briefings."
That classified briefing will take place on Wednesday. Both Sen. Murphy and his colleague, Sen. Richard Blumenthal will be there.
"There are very serious risks in this type of military action in widening the conflict," Sen. Blumenthal said.
Blumenthal also said there are risks of not acting. He believes military action would need to be limited in scope and done with international support.
However, he would not commit to a decision on the use of force.
"The administration has yet to make a clear and convincing case for how a military strike will achieve limited objectives in stopping the use of chemical warfare," Sen. Blumenthal said.
Local Syrians believe the U.S. should get involved. Adib Chouiki said an American strike will help the Syrian opposition.
"I'm very optimistic, I'm very hopeful that the Congress will look at the consequences of Assad in power and they will vote yes," Chouiki said.