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Syria causing headaches for DCCC

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Despite assurances from top party leaders that it wouldn't, President Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for bombing Syria is causing headaches for Democratic House candidates.

Rep. Steve Israel, D-N.Y., Chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, insisted to reporters Tuesday that, despite its unpopularity, Obama’s push for military strikes on Syria isn’t likely to hurt Democrats at the ballot box next November.

“It does not complicate the cycle, at all,” Israel said at a breakfast sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.

But just 300 miles away in West Virginia's 3rd Congressional District, Obama's Syria bombing plan is a problem for Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.V. Rahall is on record saying he wants to give the president "the benefit of the doubt" on Syria.

Meanwhile, is opponent is Evan Jenkins, a former Democrat who this summer switched to the GOP to announce his campaign, opposes Obama's war.

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