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Lieberman: Schumer the Key to Stopping Iran Nuke Deal

By    |   Sunday, 26 Jul 2015 05:02 PM

Sen. Chuck Schumer will be the key to defeating the Iran nuclear deal, the New York Democrat's longtime friend and colleague Joe Lieberman said Sunday.

"I think in his heart and head he knows this is a bad deal," Lieberman, who represented Connecticut in the Senate as a Democrat and later as an Independent for 24 years, told John Catsimatidis on "The Cats Roundtable" on AM 970 in New York.

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A large rally outside Schumer's office in New York City last week was attended not only by Republican opponents, but also by several liberals and Democrats including Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz and New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind.

"I think [Schumer] knows his constituents in New York don't want the deal," Lieberman said.

Schumer has not yet announced how he plans to vote on ratifying the agreement, but Lieberman said that if he does vote against it he will give other Democrats the freedom to vote for what is best for the country over party loyalty.

He said he believes a Schumer "no" vote will bring in enough Democrats to override an Obama veto.

"Chuck is the key," Lieberman said.

Citing the continued chants of "Death to America" inside Iran, some joined in by Iranian leaders, Lieberman asked, "How can you make a deal with someone who says they want to kill you?"

Concessions on what were once promised "anytime/anywhere inspections" have turned the deal into "joke," Lieberman told Catsimatidis.

"The inspections provision, which is really a no-inspections provision, is reason enough to vote against the agreement," he said.

Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner also appeared on the show, saying that Schumer, his former boss and political mentor, "is one of the strongest supporters of Israel maybe in the history of the Congress. So, I’m confident he will do the right thing."

Weiner, who was forced to resign his office amid a sexting scandal that resurfaced during his run for New York City mayor, said he is unlikely to seek public office again.

"Realistically, you know, I had my comeback," he said. "It did not go very well."

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