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- September 8, 2015

As Clinton Makes Her Case For The Iran Nuclear Deal, Her Assurances Will Fall Short As The American People And Our Ally Israel Continue To Be Skeptical Of Her Bad Deal

On Wednesday, Clinton Will Deliver A Speech Touting Her Support For The Iran Nuclear Deal. "Hillary Clinton, walking a fine line on Iran, will deliver a speech next week on the nuclear deal amid pressure from her supporters who back the agreement-and those who don't. Mrs. Clinton came out in support of the agreement shortly after it was announced. … The Clinton speech is set for next Wednesday, just after Congress opens debate over a resolution disapproving of the deal." (Laura Meckler, "Hillary Clinton Will Try To Reassure Supporters On Iran Deal," The Wall Street Journal, 9/2/15)

CLINTON WILL SAY THAT THE DEAL WILL MAKE THE WORLD SAFER, BUT AMERICANS AND OUR ALLIES AREN'T BUYING IT

Clinton: "This Agreement Can Make The United States, Israel, And Our Arab Partners Safer." "'I am still studying the details, but based on the briefings I received and a review of the documents, I support the agreement because it can help us prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon,' the former Obama secretary of state and Democratic presidential front-runner said in a written statement. 'With vigorous enforcement, unyielding verification, and swift consequences for any violations, this agreement can make the United States, Israel, and our Arab partners safer.'" (Jennifer Epstein, "Hillary Clinton Assures Skeptics Iran Deal Can Make World Safer," Bloomberg , 7/14/15)

  • Clinton: "I'm Hoping That The Agreement Is Finally Approved And I'm Telling You If It's Not, All Bets Are Off." "'I'm hoping that the agreement is finally approved and I'm telling you if it's not, all bets are off,' Clinton told supporters during a campaign stop in New Hampshire." (Dan Merica, Jeff Zeleny, and Tom Lobianco, "Hillary Clinton: 'All Bets Are Off' If Iran Deal Spiked," CNN, 8/11/15)

Americans Have Increasingly Turned "Against The Nuclear Deal" And A Majority Believe It Will Make The World Less Safe

"A Growing Majority Of Americans Are Turning Against The Nuclear Deal With Iran And Believe Congress Should Reject The Deal …" "A growing majority of Americans are turning against the nuclear deal with Iran and believe Congress should reject the deal brokered between the U.S., five other world powers and Iran." (Jennifer Agiesta and Jeremy Diamond, "Poll: Most Americans Want Congress To Reject Iran Deal," CNN, 8/20/15)

  • 56 Percent Of Americans Believe Congress Should Reject The Nuclear Deal With Iran, While Just 41 Percent Believe It Should Be Approved. (CNN/ORC Poll, 1,001 A, MoE 3%, 8/13-16/15)

55 Percent Of Voters Oppose The Nuclear Deal With Iran, While Just 25 Percent Support It. (Quinnipiac Poll, 1, 563 RV, MoE 2.5%, 8/20-25/15)

  • 59 Percent Of Independent Voters Oppose The Nuclear Deal With Iran, While Just 24 Percent Support It. (Quinnipiac Poll, 1, 563 RV, MoE 2.5%, 8/20-25/15)

56 Percent Of Voters Believe The Nuclear Deal With Iran Makes The World Less Safe, While Just 28 Percent Believe It Makes The World Safer. (Quinnipiac Poll, 1, 563 RV, MoE 2.5%, 8/20-25/15)

  • 56 Percent Of Independent Voters Believe The Nuclear Deal With Iran Makes The World Less Safe, While Just 29 Percent Believe It Makes The World Safer. (Quinnipiac Poll, 1, 563 RV, MoE 2.5%, 8/20-25/15)

The Israeli Government And Many In The Jewish Community Are "Adamantly" Opposed To The Deal With Iran

Clinton Is "Running Afoul Of Her Many Supporters Who Oppose The Iran Nuclear Deal, Particularly Those In The Jewish Community Who Worry It Will Allow Iran More Leeway To Threaten Israel." "Still, she is running afoul of her many supporters who oppose the Iran nuclear deal, particularly those in the Jewish community who worry it will allow Iran more leeway to threaten Israel." (Laura Meckler, "Hillary Clinton Will Try To Reassure Supporters On Iran Deal," The Wall Street Journal, 9/2/15)

  • "But Nowhere Has The Nuclear Accord Been More Divisive Than Among American Jews." (Jonathan Weisman, "Obama Tries To Soothe Divided Jewish Community On Iran Deal," The New York Times, 8/28/15)

"The Israeli Government Adamantly Opposes The Deal Signed By The U.S., Iran And Five World Powers." "The Israeli government adamantly opposes the deal signed by the U.S., Iran and five world powers. The agreement seeks to keep Iran from building a nuclear bomb in exchange for international sanctions relief. Critics say the agreement makes too many concessions and could eventually allow for a nuclear-armed Iran." ("Obama To Speak With Jewish Groups On Iran Deal," CBS News, 8/28/15)

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Slammed The Iran Nuclear Deal, Calling It A "Historic Mistake" That Would Create "A Terrorist Nuclear Superpower." "Almost as soon as the agreement was announced, to cheers in Vienna and on the streets of Tehran, its harshest critics said it would ultimately empower Iran rather than limit its capability. Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, called it a 'historic mistake' that would create a 'terrorist nuclear superpower.'" (David E. Sanger and Michael R. Gordon, "Deal Reached On Iran Nuclear Program; Limits On Fuel Would Lessen With Time," The New York Times , 7/14/15)

Several Prominent Democrats Have Come Out Against The Deal

Today, Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) Announced His Opposition To The Iran Nuclear Deal. "Sen. Joe Manchin will vote to oppose the nuclear agreement with Iran, joining every other member of West Virginia's congressional delegation in opposition. Manchin announced his opposition during a conference call with reporters Tuesday morning." (David Gutman, "Manchin Opposes Iran Deal," Charleston Gazette-Mail, 9/8/15)

Democrat Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), The Ranking Democrat On The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Said He Would Vote Against The Iran Nuclear Deal. "The bipartisan passage of the Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act further strengthened our negotiators' hands. It provided transparency and made clear that the agreement would be subject to critical review. This is a close call, but after a lengthy review, I will vote to disapprove the deal." (Sen. Ben Cardin, Op-Ed, "Sen. Ben Cardin: I Will Vote Against The Iran Deal," The Washington Post , 9/4/15)

  • Cardin: "The JCPOA Legitimizes Iran's Nuclear Program. After 10 To 15 Years, It Would Leave Iran With The Option To Produce Enough Enriched Fuel For A Nuclear Weapon In A Short Time" (Sen. Ben Cardin, Op-Ed, "Sen. Ben Cardin: I Will Vote Against The Iran Deal," The Washington Post , 9/4/15)

Democrat Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY): "[I] Have Decided I Must Oppose The Agreement And Will Vote Yes On A Motion Of Disapproval." "Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their point of view that cannot simply be dismissed. This has made evaluating the agreement a difficult and deliberate endeavor, and after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval." (Chuck Schumer, Op-Ed, "My Position On The Iran Deal, Medium, 8/6/15)

Democrat Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY): "Unfortunately, I Cannot Support The Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action." "Over the last two years, I've supported our negotiating team in the P5+1, seeking to give them time and space to achieve a diplomatic breakthrough and foreclose Iran's pathways to a nuclear weapon. I'm grateful for the tireless efforts by President Obama, Secretary Kerry, Secretary Moniz, Secretary Lew, and Undersecretary Sherman as well as our P5+1 partners in concluding an agreement with Iran. Unfortunately, I cannot support the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action." (Eliot Engel, Statement On Iran Deal, 8/6/15)

THE FEAR AND UNPOPULARITY SURROUNDING THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL "REALLY SEEMS TO BE" A PROBLEM FOR CLINTON AND HER FELLOW DEMOCRATS

The Daily Beast 's Jackie Kucinich: The Unpopularity Of The Iran Nuclear Deal "Really Seems To Be" A Problem For Democrats And Clinton Is "Very Tied To This." DIAZ-BALART: "Let's talk a little about this national Quinnipiac poll that was released this morning. 55 percent of the people that were polled opposed the Iran deal and 56 percent say will make the U.S. less safe. Hillary Clinton is set to give a backing of the deal next week. Is this something that is going to cause problems for the democrats?" KUCINICH: "It really seems to be. Hillary Clinton is very closely tied to this Iran agreement, of course, because her top adviser Jake Sullivan was a part at the beginning of it. She is very tied to this." (MSNBC's "The Rundown With Jose Diaz-Balart," 8/31/15)

CNN Headline: "Hillary Clinton Can't Escape Iran Deal In Presidential Run" (Jeremy Diamond, "Hillary Clinton Can't Escape Iran Deal In Presidential Run," CNN, 7/28/15)

  • "Supporters, Critics And Experts Agree: Clinton's Fingerprints Are All Over The Nuclear Agreement…" "Supporters, critics and experts agree: Clinton's fingerprints are all over the nuclear agreement brokered more than two years after she left the State Department." (Jeremy Diamond, "Hillary Clinton Can't Escape Iran Deal In Presidential Run," CNN, 7/28/15)
  • NBC's Andrea Mitchell: Clinton Will "Have To Own" Any Nuclear Deal With Iran. ANDREA MITCHELL: "And right now the Iranian foreign minister is meeting with Secretary Kerry. We should point out that John Kerry is here. … .But he has been part of secret negotiations that go back to Hillary Clinton. She's going to have to own this politically, the pros and cons of this deal, if it comes together." (MSNBC's "Andrea Mitchell Reports," 7/2/15)

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On The "Controversial Nuclear Deal," "Clinton Is Stuck With The Results And Their Political Complications." "The outcome, though, is a controversial deal that is staunchly opposed by Republicans, the Israeli political establishment and their supporters in the United States. A Pew Research poll last week showed 48% of Americans opposing the deal, compared with just 38% in favor. Even some Democrats are questioning the merits of the deal sought so aggressively by their party's president. Clinton is stuck with the results and their political complications." (Jeremy Diamond, "Hillary Clinton Can't Escape Iran Deal In Presidential Run," CNN, 7/28/15)

Former State Department Official Aaron David Miller: "She Can't Walk Away From This Even If She Wants To." "'She can't walk away from this even if she wants to,' said Aaron David Miller, a former State Department official who served under Democratic and Republican administrations." (Jeremy Diamond, "Hillary Clinton Can't Escape Iran Deal In Presidential Run," CNN, 7/28/15)

  • "'To Some Degree, Her Own Political Future Is Tied To The Mullahs' Behavior, Which Is Not Really Where You Want To Be,' Miller Added." (Jeremy Diamond, "Hillary Clinton Can't Escape Iran Deal In Presidential Run," CNN, 7/28/15)

THE NUCLEAR DEAL WILL EMPOWER IRAN, WHICH INCREASES THE THREAT AGAINST U.S. ALLIES

The Iran Deal Raises "Serious Doubts About US Credibility And Reliability In The Minds Of America's Traditional Friends." "The Iran deal has ushered in a new phase in the regional balance of power that doesn't necessarily portend closer ties between the U.S. and Iran. But it does raise serious serious [sic]doubts about US credibility and reliability in the minds of America's traditional friends." (Aaron David Miller, "Iran's Win-Win…Win Win Win Nuke Deal," The Daily Beast, 7/20/15)

  • "Arab States Are, Of Course, Under Threat From An Empowered, Better-Funded Iran." "I mentioned Syria earlier as an example of a country that could suffer under this agreement. Other Arab states are, of course, under threat from an empowered, better-funded Iran." (Jeffrey Goldberg, "The Single Most Important Question To Ask About The Iran Deal," The Atlantic, 7/14/15)

Due To The Nuclear Deal, "The Theocratic Regime That Rules Iran-A Regime That Is A Committed And Proficient Sponsor Of Terrorism, According To John Kerry's State Department-Will Be More Powerful Tomorrow Than It Is Today…" "The theocratic regime that rules Iran-a regime that is a committed and proficient sponsor of terrorism, according to John Kerry's State Department-will be more powerful tomorrow than it is today, thanks to the agreement it has just negotiated with the Obama administration, America's European allies, and two U.S. adversaries as well." (Jeffrey Goldberg, "The Single Most Important Question To Ask About The Iran Deal," The Atlantic, 7/14/15)

  • "It Is Hard To Imagine A Scenario-At Least In The Short Term-In Which Hezbollah And Other Terror Organizations On The Iranian Payroll Don't See A Windfall From The Agreement." (Jeffrey Goldberg, "The Single Most Important Question To Ask About The Iran Deal," The Atlantic, 7/14/15)
  • "Equally High For Key Sunni-Dominated Gulf Allies Of The United States Is The Worry That A Deal Gives Iran The Means - Through An Economic Windfall - And An Implicit Green Light To Push Influence In The Region." "Arab countries have deep fears of Iran gaining a nuclear weapon, and some have been skeptical that a deal will prevent that from happening. But equally high for key Sunni-dominated Gulf allies of the United States is the worry that a deal gives Iran the means - through an economic windfall - and an implicit green light to push influence in the region." (Adam Schreck and Lee Keath, "In Arab World, Worries That Deal Will Boost Iran's Power," The Associated Press , 7/15/14)

Council On Foreign Relations' Richard Haass: The Hope That The Deal Will Transform Iran Is "A Wild Hope." HAASS: "I think what it underscores Joe is the hopes that this somehow this agreement will be quote unquote transformational, and lead Iran to be closer to Switzerland is just that a wild hope, it can't be serious thinking or analysis or strategy." (MSNBC's " Morning Joe," 7/21/15)

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Joe Biden Even Told Jewish Leaders That Their Worry That Iran Would Be Strengthened And Threaten Our Allies As A Result Of This Deal Was A "Totally Legitimate" Concern

Biden To Jewish Leaders: That Iran Will Be Empowered And "Threaten Our Friends In An Existential Way Because They'll Have So Much More Money And Capacity" Is A "Totally Legitimate Argument And Concern." BIDEN: "Sanctions relief from this deal is the second piece and it goes to the second issue mostly. Well Joe, even if, even if I believed you were able to stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, you're going to give them a whole lot of money, Joe Boy. And they're going to go out and do more of the bad things they're doing now, do it more efficiently, and threaten our friends in an existential way because they'll have so much more money and capacity. Totally legitimate argument and concern." (Joe Biden Remarks, Davie, FL, 9/3/15)

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Meanwhile, Obama Has Repeatedly Argued That Iran "Will Be And Should Be A Regional Power"

Obama: "And The Truth Of The Matter Is, Is That Iran Will Be And Should Be A Regional Power." OBAMA: "What I'd say to them is this offers a historic opportunity. Their economy has been cratering as a consequence of the sanctions. They have the ability now to take some decisive steps to move towards a more constructive relationship with the world community. And what I would say to them is the same thing I said earlier this morning, they need to seize that opportunity; their leaders need to seize that opportunity. And the truth of the matter is, is that Iran will be and should be a regional power. They are a big country and a sophisticated country in the region." (Barack Obama, Interview With Thomas Friedman, Washington, D.C., 7/14/15)

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Obama: "Iran Will Remain A Regional Power With Its Own Set Of Challenges." OBAMA: "So contrary to the alarmists who claim that Iran is on the brink of taking over the Middle East, or even the world, Iran will remain a regional power with its own set of challenges." (Barack Obama, Remarks, Washington, D.C., 8/5/15)

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