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McConnell Admits Republicans Probably Can't Defeat Iran Nuclear Deal

| by Amanda Andrade-Rhoades

Though Republicans have been loudly protesting the Iran nuclear deal, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky acknowledged that his party probably won’t be able to stop the international agreement, The Hill reported. 

McConnell said Obama has “a great likelihood of success” in negotiating with Congress over the Iran deal. "He can win by getting one-third plus one of either house," McConnell told a local chamber of commerce, The Associated Press reported.

McConnell is right. Obama needs 34 Senate Democrats to sustain a veto, and 20 have already announced they are backing the deal, despite the fact that lawmakers are still on vacation. Although no Republicans have voiced their support for the deal, a few Democrats, namely Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey and Sen. Charles Schumer of New York, have said they won’t vote for the deal, which would repeal the economic sanctions against Iran in exchange for reducing the Middle Eastern nation’s nuclear stockpile and uranium enrichment capabilities and opening their facilities to international inspection. 

"I hope we can defeat it, but the procedure is obviously stacked in the president's favor," McConnell told reporters afterward, The Huffington Post reported. "We'll see.”

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Although McConnell acknowledged the uphill battle conservatives are facing, he decried the deal as being “very flawed.”

"It leaves the Iranians with threshold nuclear capability," he said. "It has no impact on all of their other activities. They are the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world today. The inspections are flawed.”

Sources: The Huffington Post, The Hill Image via Gage Skidmore/Flickr