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Miss California's Answer About Syria Vs. Obama's

Miss California, 22-year-old Crystal Lee, was asked about possible U.S. intervention in Syria Sunday night at the Miss America pageant. Obama answered the same question last week.

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"I believe as one of the most powerful countries in the world, we have an ethical obligation to prevent a leader of a country who is using chemical weapons on his people."

"My fellow Americans, for nearly seven decades, the United States has been the anchor of global security. This has meant doing more than forging international agreements; it has meant enforcing them. The burdens of leadership are often heavy, but the world's a better place because we have borne them."

"I believe we should use Congressional support if we can..."

"I believed it was right in the absence of a direct or imminent threat to our security to take this debate to Congress. I believe our democracy is stronger when the president acts with the support of Congress..."

"[T]his is something we need to all handle together."

"I believe that America acts more effectively abroad when we stand together."

Miss California's answer was 17 seconds long.

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And Obama's was just over 15 minutes.

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