Like him or not, President Obama is our Commander in Chief and needs our support on the Middle East and Ukraine, says U.S. Rep. John Shimkus (R-Collinsville).


“Really, we'd like to see politics end at the beachfront of the continental the United States, and that we're fully supportive of our international engagements,” Shimkus said during a Springfield visit.

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But that doesn't unilaterally stop him from criticizing Obama on other fronts.


“He's not calling Republicans, he's not calling Republican leaders, he's not calling Democrats, he's not calling most Democrat leaders,” Shimkus says of Obama's style of building a consensus. “That's the buzz in Washington. The big shock is that he goes it alone.”


Back to the subject of foreign affairs, Shimkus says Obama is off to a good start against ISIS and that “the Russians have always been thugs.”

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