Tracy Opposes Obama’s Request for Force in Syria

September 4th, 2013

Murfreesboro, TN-Republican 4th district candidate Jim Tracy stated Wednesday that President Obama’s lack of a strategic plan for military force in Syria should result in a no vote.

“Based on what I have seen, I do not believe the President has outlined a compelling case or a coherent objective to Congress in his request for authorization to use military force in Syria,” said Tracy.

“There is no doubt the Assad regime’s willingness to use chemical weapons is unacceptable and that his growing dependence on Iran is a threat to stability in the Middle East. But President Obama’s weak and ineffective approach over the last few years in this part of the world continues to weaken our nation’s stature overseas,” said Tracy. “That weakened stature is why Assad ignored President Obama in the first place. The President “leads” from behind and when he inches toward action, he does so without a clear sense of purpose or an attainable conclusion. This administration, at this point in time, cannot be trusted with an authorization of military force in Syria. Congress should reject the President’s ill-conceived, ill-timed request.”

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About Jim Tracy:

Tennessee State Senator Jim Tracy, a former science teacher and coach and former TSSAA & NCAA basketball referee, has been a small business owner and leader in the community for over 25 years.  Jim has been married to his wife Trena for 36 years and they have raised three sons Chad, Craig, and Connor. Jim and his wife attend North Boulevard Church of Christ in Murfreesboro where Jim is an active member. Senator Tracy has served in the State Senate since 2004 and is the Chairman of the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee.

Jim is a 1978 graduate of The University of Tennessee at Martin, where he played baseball and earned a degree in Agriculture Education. Education has been the foundation of the Tracy family. Jim’s mother is a retired teacher from Hardin County and his father is also a former teacher who retired from the UT Extension office.

In 1985, Jim became a small business owner and in 1989 he started Jim Tracy Insurance Agency in Shelbyville, TN. As a small business owner, Jim knows how to meet a payroll and balance a budget. He realizes the issues that make it difficult for a small business owner to succeed. That is why Jim decided to give back to his community again. He joined the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce and also served as President while helping to bring new businesses to the community. In addition, Jim is a member of the Shelbyville Breakfast Rotary Club, as well as the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce.  Jim has also served on the Board of Directors for the Rutherford YMCA and was the former Chairman of the NFIB Leadership Council. Jim is currently a Board Member of the MTSU Honors College and the State Board for Habitat for Humanity.