Republicans look for more Democrats to oppose Iran deal
WASHINGTON - Now that the leading Jewish Democrat in the Senate has announced his opposition to the nuclear deal with Iran, Republicans are urging other Democrats to defy the administration and vote against the agreement.
But there's no indication yet that the announcement by Chuck Schumer of New York will trigger a rush of Democratic opposition to the accord. In fact, just hours after Schumer's announcement last night, Wisconsin Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined 13 other Senate Democrats in endorsing the deal. She said it "will best serve America's national security interests."
But two House Democrats -- Eliot Engel of New York and Brad Sherman of California -- both on the Foreign Affairs Committee -- joined Schumer today in opposing the deal.
Still, Democrats in the House and Senate say they remain confident that there are enough supporters to make sure the deal survives.
Republicans are angered by President Barack Obama's comments comparing foes of the Iran deal to the Iranian hardliners who chant "Death to America" in Tehran. Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell is calling on Obama to stop demonizing foes of the deal.