Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., a moderate and key swing vote in the Senate, issued the following statement this afternoon opposing the use of force against Syria for its alleged use of chemical weapons:

I am deeply concerned by the use of chemical weapons in Syria against innocent people, but after over a decade of war in the Middle East, there needs to be compelling evidence that there is an imminent threat to the security of the American people or our allies before any military action is taken. I do not believe that this situation meets that threshold. I implore the President to immediately call Congress back to Washington and engage in a serious debate on this issue before any military action is taken.