Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, has called out President Barack Obama, challenging the president to debate the substance of the Iran nuclear agreement within the next 60 days. The 2016 Republican presidential candidate calls the proposed agreement “the single greatest national security threat facing America.”
“I will invite President Obama at any time and place of his choosing to debate the substance of the Iran deal,” Cruz said Monday on Fox News’s Hannity. “Let’s do it in front of the American people.” Cruz later offered Obama the option of sending Secretary of State John Kerry as a proxy.
Cruz has been adamant that the proposed agreement will enrich America’s enemies.
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“Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, so much of that money will end up in the hands of Hamas and Hezbollah and the Houthis, and other radical Islamic terrorists,” Cruz said. “And if this deal goes through, the Obama administration will become, quite literally, the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism.”
Obama has criticized Republican presidential candidates who oppose the Iran deal. On Monday, Obama chastised former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee’s recent comments that the deal is marching Israelis “to the door of the oven.” Obama said such criticism “is not the kind of leadership that is needed in America right now.”
The Senate is expected to vote on the proposed agreement in September. Republican senators have reacted harshly to the proposal. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said that Senate Democrats are more receptive to the treaty. If Senate Republicans vote as a bloc to kill the deal, Senate Democrats cannot afford to lose more than 12 lawmakers in the post-veto battle that would follow.
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h/t: The Hill
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