The Iran nuclear deal will continue to be a "defining issue" in the 2016 election not only for the White House, but for continued control of the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday, but meanwhile, "let's make sure we know who we ought to be angry at."
"Not a single Republican in the House or the Senate supports this deal," the Kentucky senator told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" host Bill Hemmer
. "Many Democrats don't support it either. And it is going to be one of those rare issues that has a long shelf life and will be out there for the American people to render a judgment about in the fall of 2016."
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Meanwhile, McConnell said that Democrats have used a procedural device to prevent President Barack Obama from seeing a motion of disapproval of the deal, which he'd veto, so Obama is "going to win the short-term battle."
Republicans have won the argument with the American people, though, he told Hemmer. There is overwhelming opposition to the deal coming from Israel, said McConnell, and "our Sunni-Arab allies are nervous and apprehensive and feeling they can't trust us anymore."
The bill will likely return, said McConnell, but meanwhile, "our Democrat friends in the Senate who are supporting this deal are not particularly troubled by the fact that there is [an] undisclosed agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Iranians."
House Speaker John Boehner has said he is considering filing a lawsuit against Obama to stop the bill and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a GOP candidate, has proposed stopping banks from allowing money to go to Tehran as part of the agreement, both plans that are "worth exploring," McConnell said. "We'll explore it, like we would any other proposal."
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