Published On: Thu, Sep 3rd, 2015

Iran deal gets 34th Senator to support move, GOP strengthens opposition

The Obama administration has secured enough support in the Senate to ensure that the Iran nuclear deal will survive a congressional vote, but John Kerry warned opponents that rejection of the agreement would be a “self-destructive blow” to US credibility.

Kerry spoke to a crowd in Philadelphia after Democrat Barbara Mikulski became the 34th senator to support the deal, ensuring a victory for the Obama administration’s efforts to prevent it being derailed. Mikulski’s support for the agreement means that Obama has enough votes in the Senate to uphold his veto if Congress rejects the July deal.

The White House is still seeking 41 votes, which would spare Obama from having to use his veto.

“It’s hard to conceive of a quicker or more self-destructive blow to our nation’s credibility and leadership” than a vote against the agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). The secretary of state sought to dispel what he described as myths about the July deal which he said had begun to circulate “even before the ink was dry”.

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The Iranian deal has sparked remarks by GOP candidates, like Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio or Carly Fiorina, and those comments just keep coming.

“As president, on my very first day going forward, I would pull back — I would terminate that bad deal with Iran completely on day one,” Walker said on Fox News in June. “I would then put in place crippling economic sanctions against Iran, and I’d convince our allies that this is not a country we should be doing business with.”

Now Walker tells reporters at the Family Leader Summit Saturday that the next president will need to take action against Iran on day one in the White House and this will “very possibly” include military strikes.

“One thing I won’t do is just say as a candidate: ‘I’m just going to tear up the agreement on the first day.’ That sounds great, but maybe you ought to check in with your allies first,” Bush said at a campaign event in Carson City, Nevada, in July. “Maybe you ought to appoint a secretary of state, maybe a secretary of defense. You might want to have your team in place before you take an act like that.”

“What the President is banking on is that he’s going to use a national security waiver to lift the sanctions on Iran, the economic sanctions that now exist. And we would simply re-impose the sanctions,” Rubio said in an interview with NPR in April.

From Twitter:

When I’m President, we won’t just reverse President Obama’s dangerous Iran deal. We will increase sanctions on Iran.

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) September 2, 2015

“I would make two phone calls, day one, in the Oval Office. The first would be to Bibi Netanyahu. The second would be to the Supreme Leader of Iran. And while he might not take my phone call, he would get the message,” Fiorina told Fox News in May. “And the message would be until and unless you are prepared to open every nuclear facility, every uranium enrichment facility to full, untethered, anytime, anywhere inspections, we will exact the most punishing financial sanctions we can.”

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said he would tear up the Iran nuclear deal on day one when candidates were asked what their first executive order would be.

“It’ll be a pretty busy day, but that Iran negotiation is going to be torn up on day one,” Perry said. “We’re going to start the process of securing that border. I’m also going to take a bottle of White-Out with me to get started on all those executive orders that Mr. Obama has put his name to.”

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