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09/06/2013 12:25 pm ET Updated Sep 06, 2013

John McCain: Obama Impeachment Would Happen If America Put 'Boots On The Ground' In Syria

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) insisted there will be no "boots on the ground" in Syria because if there were, "there would be an impeachment of the president."

McCain made the following statement to KFYI's Mike Broomhead on Thursday:

The fact is [Syrian President] Bashar Assad has massacred 100,000 people. The conflict is spreading. The king of Jordan cannot stand. Lebanon is evolving. Iraq is now become a haven for al-Qaeda and violence is greater than since 2008. The Russians are all in, the Iranians are all in, and it’s an unfair fight. And no one wants American boots on the ground. Nor will there be American boots on the ground because there would be an impeachment of the president if they did that.

McCain sat down with Broomhead after a town hall in Phoenix on Thursday, where the senator encountered a tough crowd largely opposed to military action in Syria. McCain said at that event he is "unalterably opposed to having a single American boot on the ground in Syria."

"The American people wouldn't stand for it," McCain said. "Second of all, it would not be anything but counterproductive to do that. American blood and treasure is too precious to do that."

In an interview with HuffPost's Howard Fineman, Secretary of State John Kerry said the Obama administration has "no intention nor will we put American boots on the ground and get sucked into a quagmire."

“We are not -- I repeat -- we are not considering taking over or assuming responsibility for their civil war. We may help them [the Syrian opposition], as we have decided to do in response to the earlier use of chemical weapons. The president ratcheted up the assistance to the opposition. The opposition is there, and they are prepared to fight. They haven’t asked us to come in and fight. And they will fight," Kerry said. “There will be no American forces on the ground for any purpose.”


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