Speaker Ron Ramsey responds to Democrats' complaint

Speaker Ron Ramsey responds to Democrats' complaint over Obama tweet

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The tweet posted to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's account says, "As the President attempts to ally with Al-Qaeda in Syria's civil war, we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago." (source: Twitter) The tweet posted to Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey's account says, "As the President attempts to ally with Al-Qaeda in Syria's civil war, we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago." (source: Twitter)
Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (source: State of Tennessee) Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (source: State of Tennessee)

NASHVILLE (WATE/WKRN/AP) - Republican Senate Speaker Ron Ramsey defended Thursday a Twitter post he sent Wednesday saying President Barack Obama was trying to become an ally with al-Qaida in Syria.

Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Roy Herron was quick to respond to the tweet, saying he was shocked by the lawmaker's comment.

"I read it and my first reaction was, ‘is this a joke?'" Herron told WKRN.

The tweet posted to Ramsey's account says, "As the President attempts to ally with Al-Qaeda in Syria's civil war, we must always remember who attacked us on our soil 12 years ago."

In a prepared statement issued Thursday morning, Ramsey is quoted saying he stands by the tweet.

"The Syrian rebels connections to Al-Qaeda are well-established and well-known. I am proud to stand with leaders like Senator Ted Cruz and Senator Rand Paul against coming to the aid of our enemies, enemies who continue to hate our country from afar as they kill Christians in their own country," Ramsey says in the statement.

Herron pointed out that Republicans U.S. Sen. Bob Corker and House Speaker John Boehner agreed with the president's call for a limited strike on Syria because of a chemical weapons attack.

The president has since decided to pursue a diplomatic solution.

Opponents to the intervention say Syrian rebel elements include al-Qaida-affiliated militants.

The Associated Press and News 2 Nashville, WKRN contributed to this report.

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