Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has slammed President Barack Obama as a "lame duck president" and called on "all potential presidential candidates" to show support for the GOP letter to the government of Iran.
"Every single person thinking about running for president, on both sides, should sign on to this letter to make clear to Iran that they are negotiating with a lame duck president," said the GOP governor, according to The Washington Post
In a statement issued through America Next
, an outside conservative policy group he leads, Jindal continued: "Make no mistake, any Iran deal that President Obama makes is not binding on a future president."
Constructed by freshman Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton, the controversial letter warns Iran that any nuclear deal arranged with the Obama administration without congressional approval could be overturned by the next U.S. president.
The 47 Republican senators who signed the letter include four potential presidential candidates — Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida.
The letter, which has drawn rebukes from Obama and administration officials, has been heavily criticized for supposedly undermining the power of the presidency, even by fellow Republicans such as New York Rep. Peter King
Jindal, who may have presidential aspirations of his own, also sent out a Twitter posting urging possible candidates in 2016, such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, to support the open letter.
Saying that the governor's request was "unusual to say the least," Post political writer David Fahrenthold said "Jindal is asking a large group of people who are not actually running for president yet to sign on to a letter casting doubt [based on their status as possible future presidents] on a possible deal that hasn't actually been struck."
A Jindal spokeswoman said he had "signed on" to the letter Tuesday by sending an email to Cotton, whose office later released a statement saying that Jindal is now a signatory to the letter, the newspaper reported.
Former Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry sent out a Twitter message saying that he "would be proud and honored to sign the letter [Cotton] has put forward on Iran."
In another tweet, Jindal demanded that Vice President Joe Biden
apologize to Cotton, a U.S. Army veteran, for the comments he made condemning the letter.
"He wore the boots in Iraq," Jindal said in the post about Cotton. "He's earned our attention, not your insults."
Biden said: "In 36 years in the Senate, I cannot recall another instance in which senators wrote directly to advise another country — much less a longtime foreign adversary — that the president does not have the constitutional authority to reach a meaningful understanding with them."
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