Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke out in favor of the freshly struck Iran deal on July 14.
“Based on what I know now, and I will be being briefed as soon as I finish addressing you, this is an important step in putting the lid on Iran’s nuclear program,” while referencing her own contributions to the legislation saying she was “part of building the coalition that brought us to the point of this agreement.”
Clinton’s vocal support for the deal could come back to haunt her second presidential campaign. Many Jewish voters, a historically Democratic voting block, do not support the deal due to Iran’s multiple confrontations and negative statements toward Israel, threatening to wipe the nation off the map and denying the Holocaust ever occurred, notes The Associated Press via Boston Herald.
Earlier in the day, Clinton was in a closed-door meeting with House Democrats who later became a second voice for Clinton’s approval of the deal.
Clinton “talked about the fact that no deal is ever going to be a perfect deal. But we have to have a deal that not just works but measurably moves us in the direction that we hope to achieve,” said Democratic Rep. Xavier Becerra of California.
Despite her support, Clinton assured listeners that the U.S. will not simply ignore Iran from this point on.
“There will be a number of issues that have to be addressed. I want to just mention, too, the first is enforcement. This agreement will have to be enforced vigorously, relentlessly.
“This does put a lid on the nuclear program, but we still have a lot of concern about the bad behavior and the actions by Iran, which remains the largest state sponsor of terrorism,” she said.
Republican presidential candidates lambasted the deal, with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio saying President Barack Obama gave “concession after concession to a regime that has American blood on its hands.”