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September 10th, 2013
12:00 AM ET

Rep. Sanchez on vote to strike Syria: I'm not there yet

California Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, the second highest ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said Monday that the fact there might be a diplomatic way to end the crisis in Syria "is a great thing."

Sanchez is married to a retired Army colonel, and is the mother of a 19-year-old son serving in the U.S. Army. Laying out her decision process, Sanchez said she was not yet ready to vote yes to authorize a strike against Syria.

Calling a strike against Syria "an act of war," Sanchez said, "For me, I have to be able to look at a mom who loses a son or a daughter in a war, whether it's Iraq, Afghanistan, or Syria, and say, 'I'm sorry, there was nothing else I could do, I needed your child,'" said Sanchez. "I'm not there yet."

For more of CNN's interview with Rep. Loretta Sanchez, click on the video above.

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