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Rick Santorum
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Republicans gathering at a Midwestern conference appear divided about whether the U.S. should get involved in a conflict in Syria.

Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum told the hundreds of Republicans meeting in Kansas City on Saturday that the U.S. has "an obligation to engage" in Syria. But Santorum didn't outline a specific action that should be taken in response to the August 21st chemical weapons attack in Syria.

President Barack Obama initially threatened a military strike but has held off after encountering opposition in Congress.

Missouri Capitol
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Top Missouri Republicans are looking for ways to ensure greater party loyalty after a supermajority in the GOP-led House recently failed to enact an income tax cut.

Meeting Saturday in Kansas City, the Missouri Republican State Committee proposed a new requirement for candidates registering to run as Republicans. They would be asked to sign a statement saying: "I have read, understand and fundamentally support the platform of the Missouri Republican Party."

Supporters of the measure noted that tax cuts ought to be a central Republican philosophy.