Obama, Romney both oppose US troops in Syria

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Lynn University, site of presidential debate between Republican presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney and US President Barack Obama, Boca Raton, Florida

Lynn University, site of presidential debate between Republican presidential candidate Governor Mitt Romney and US President Barack Obama, Boca Raton, Florida (AP photo)

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney say they are both opposed to sending U.S. troops to Syria to end the violence there.

Obama says that while attacks by government forces against Syrian citizens is heartbreaking, getting the U.S. “entangled militarily” would be a serious step. Romney essentially agreed, saying he doesn’t want the U.S. military involved in Syria.

Romney said the United States should be playing a leadership role in identifying responsible opposition groups in Syria and making sure they have the arms they need to fight President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Obama says the U.S. is working with allies in the region to learn more about the opposition. But he says giving heavy weapons to those groups is not “a simple proposition.”

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