"If President Obama does order a strike on Syria, many of our friends and neighbors across Virginia will be called to serve. If Terry McAuliffe doesn't know enough to form an opinion about something that will have such a huge impact on Hampton Roads, and on the parents and loved ones of our service men and women across the Commonwealth, he doesn't know enough about Virginia to be governor," said state GOP chairman Pat Mullins.
Hours after McAuliffe declined to take a stand, his Republican opponent, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, announced opposition to the president's call for U.S. involvement.
Members of Virginia's congressional delegation are split on the possibility of U.S. action, and not necessarily along party lines.
According to Watchdog.org, Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine supports U.S. intervention while Democratic Sen. Mark Warner is uncommitted.
Republican Rep. Eric Cantor, the House majority leader, was among the first GOP members to call for American engagement in Syria while fellow Rep. Randy Forbes, chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, is staunchly opposed.