President Barack Obama may have the votes to sustain a veto
when it comes to the international nuclear agreement with Iran, but GOP presidential candidate Marco Rubio promised the pact won't stand if he is elected president.
"This is not a treaty," the Florida senator told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" on Wednesday. Nothing on this is binding. When I am the president of the United States, we will lift what the president is doing and reimpose sanctions and ask Congress to increase them with a backed-up credible force."
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And even with there not being enough votes to override a presidential veto if Congress sends a rejection resolution to his desk, the agreement will only be a "done deal" for 18 months, promised Rubio, if he is elected to the White House.
Also on Wednesday, Rubio took issue with rival Donald Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," telling the Fox News program that America is already a great nation, but "we will lose that if we keep doing what we are doing."
"We have a government that doesn't work well but have the most creative people and productive workers and a Constitution that kept us exceptional for over 200 years," he said. "It is still the greatest country in the world ... our future can be better than our history."
He also weighed in on the growing scandal concerning former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's emails, saying the news that she sent several classified emails shows "she is reckless and irresponsible. People get fired and charged criminally for things she has allegedly done."
The senator was in Oklahoma City Wednesday to speak about his energy initiative.
"It would create hundreds of thousands, if not a million, jobs in the energy sector and make America a cheaper place to live and a cost-effective place to do business, especially manufacturing," said Rubio.
"We have been blessed with oil and natural gas and it is reckless and irresponsible if the government doesn't fully utilize such tools."
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