Speaking at an event in New Hampshire on July 25, Republican presidential candidate and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania chided the Obama administration’s peace deal with Iran, calling it the “greatest betrayal of American national security in our history.”
Santorum was speaking to the crowd at the National Security Action Summit in New Hampshire, considered the first major state of the upcoming presidential primary and caucus season, The Hill reported. In his speech, Santorum noted Iran's past history of connections with terrorist organizations.
“(Iran) will cheat. They will violate the agreement. They will continue to sponsor terror all over the world,” Santorum said.
Last week, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testified in front of members of Congress in an attempt to answer questions and quell fears among those skeptical of the implications of the deal. As lead negotiator of the deal, Kerry was most criticized by Republican lawmakers, who said he was “bamboozled” by the Iranian government.
Santorum in particular said that “they (the Obama administration) are so afraid to fight" when it came to negotiating with Iran.
“They have now decided that the only way to survive is to go along with him,” Santorum added.
Lawmakers have 60 days to review the negotiations and decided whether or not they will support the deal moving forward. Most of the Republican majority in the Senate is against the deal and will likely vote it down. For Democrats, the deal is proving to be a difficult one to support or oppose; if they support it, many Jewish-Americans — who make up a large voting block for the Democratic Party — may turn against them.
President Barack Obama does have the power to veto any decision Congress makes, but a two-thirds vote in the Senate will be able to override the veto. The Washington Examiner noted that sanctions against Iran, another sticking point for members of both parties, will be lifted immediately if the deal goes through.
Santorum aso came forth with his own strategy for dealing with Iran if he is elected president.
“Go through the process of on day one, saying this agreement is no longer enforced for the United States of America,” he said.