Renowned economist Larry Kudlow repeated Tuesday that he is ready to run against Sen. Richard Blumenthal next year if the Connecticut Democrat supports the Iran nuclear deal — and he urged other political novices to do the same.
"I am not a politician, I've never run for anything in my life. I'm an economist, I'm a broadcaster, I've been an adviser, I worked for Ronald Reagan," Kudlow said Tuesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
"But what I'm saying is … there has to be a kind of citizen's movement to defeat Democrats who support this deal. That's my principle point.
"People who have never run for office before must get into the fray and beat Democrats who vote for this deal and we've got to put the Democratic Party on notice that the stakes here are very high for them, but also for this country. This is a national security, national defense issue."
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Kudlow, a conservative talk host and CNBC senior contributor, sent shock waves through Washington over the weekend when he declared on his radio show
that he is ready to challenge Blumenthal.
Blumenthal, 69, a first-term senator who has supported economic sanctions against Tehran, is among five influential Democratic senators President Barack Obama needs to keep Congress from blocking the agreement with Tehran.
He has yet to announce whether he supports the deal, which would lift crippling financial sanctions in exchange for nuclear weapons restrictions and send as much as $150 billion into Iran.
Congress is expected to vote on the agreement after returning from recess next month. Fourteen Democratic senators remain undecided.
"My whole point here is that this Iran deal is a disaster for America. What the basics of this deal are quite simply is that by removing the economic sanctions, Iran's going to get itself about $150 billion," Kudlow told Steve Malzberg.
"They are going to take that money to finance attacks on Americans and American allies.
They are going to use that money to kill Americans, they're going to try to kill Israelis, and use that money to kill our allies in the Mideast and the Gulf states.
"Make no mistake about the financial implications of this. We are handing money over to our archenemy who wants to put us to death. That's the key issue here and we cannot allow this."
The Connecticut Post reports
Blumenthal dodged the Kudlow threat during an interview Monday with Hearst Connecticut Media.
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