Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid gave a forceful endorsement Sunday to the nuclear deal with Iran, a key boost that provides continued momentum for preventing Congress from blocking President Obama’s pact.
The Nevada Democrat said the deal, which lifts economic sanctions against the rogue nation for pledges to limit its nuclear program, is the “best way” to curtail Iran’s military ambitions, and he pledged to round up more support to thwart its opponents.
“I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure the deal stands,” he said in a telephone interview with The Washington Post from his home in Henderson, Nev., where he has been calling friends to tell them of his decision.
The retiring Democratic leader becomes the 27th Senate Democrat to publicly endorse the plan, while just two — including Reid’s friend and likely successor, Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.) — have come out against it.
Reid said he was “still hopeful” that at least 41 Democrats would support Obama, which would suffocate the resolution in a filibuster and not require a presidential veto.
Reid acknowledged that he has been supportive of the deal for many weeks now, holding regular conversations with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough on the details of the deal and the congressional review process.
“This is the best way, the only way, to keep Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,” Reid said Sunday.
Really Harry! Really! and you want us to believe you on this Iran Deal? This from a guy who allegedly “fell on a treadmill” and broke some ribs and facial bones. Or maybe, this from a guy who “fell while jogging” and dislocated his shoulder and bumped his forehead. Or maybe, this from a guy who “leaned on his wet car and fell” and got a contusion.
As Axel Foley from the movie,”Beverly Hills Cop” would say – “Look, man I ain’t fallin’ for no banana in my tailpipe!”
Written by Nancy Hayes
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