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Sen. Murphy Sets Own Course On Foreign Policy

Sen. Murphy Sets Own Course On Foreign Policy

Just eight months into his term, U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy opposed President Barack Obama on a high-profile vote on whether to bomb Syria to deter and degrade the use of chemical weapons by its dictator, Bashar al-Assad.

Murphy, a former state legislator, faced the prospect in 2013 of crossing the president from his own party on a vote in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

"In a lot of ways I think it was important for me to show my willingness early on in my term to break with the president in foreign policy when we were in different places," he said in a recent interview.

Murphy, who said U.S. bombings in Syria would have "increased the level of...