Created: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 10:44:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 09 Sep 2013 11:17:47 EST
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- President Obama responds to a possible breakthrough that could keep the U.S. from striking targets in Syria.
The Russians want Syria to turn its chemical weapons over to international control. The Russian proposal essentially confirms that the Syrian government does, in fact, have chemical weapons.
Majority Leader Harry Reid is delaying the process that would move the Syria vote forward in the U.S. Senate. And as President Obama prepares to address the nation Tuesday night, he says the U.S. has been very clear about its expectations.
Could we see a game-changer in the stand-off with Syria? "It's possible, if it's real," says President Obama Monday.
Syria says it welcomes the idea of giving the international community control of its chemical weapons.
"We're going to run this to the ground," says Obama, "..John Kerry and the rest of my National Security team will engage with the Russians to see if we can arrive at something that is enforceable and serious," says Obama.
Obama says it's something the U.S. has long pressed for, and expressed skepticism. "I have to consistently point out we have not seen these kinds of gestures up until now."
For now, the President says he'll continue to press for a military strike, an idea John Kerry tossed out in Britain Monday.
In response, a U.S. official called the Secretary of State's remarks a "major goof."
Meanwhile, in a CBS interview, Syria's President was questioned where the evidence is showing his government used chemical weapons. He was also asked about retaliation to Washington-led strikes.
"You should expect everything," says President Bashar al-Assad, "..Not necessarily through the government. Government's not the only player in this region."
To that, Obama says "The notion that Mr. Assad could significantly threaten the United States is just not the case.
President Obama went on a network blitz today, with a tough sell.
A new CNN/ORC polls shows 6 in 10 Americans are against a strike.