Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz Wednesday rebuffed Democratic Sen. Bob Casey's insistence that the Iran nuclear deal allows the Obama administration to take military action if Tehran violates the agreement.
"Every observer knows that this president is not willing to use force, military or otherwise, to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons," the Texas senator told Neil Cavuto
on Fox News. "The Democratic senators know full well that there is no credible threat of military action by the Obama presidency."
Casey, who represents Pennsylvania, told Cavuto Tuesday that the threat of military action against Iran for any violations was his primary reason for backing the deal.
Maryland Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski said Wednesday that she would support the deal, giving Obama the 34 Senate votes needed to sustain a veto of any congressional resolution disapproving the deal.
Cruz disputed Casey's position, saying that "we won't know until after the fact that Iran has acquired a nuclear weapon.
"The inspection regime we had been promised — so-called anytime, anywhere inspections — is on its face laughable and a farce," he told Cavuto. "Even more ludicrous: We don't inspect it. The U.N. doesn't inspect it. We're trusting Iran to inspect themselves.
"It is a regime that is designed to facilitate cheating, and it is a profound national security threat to our nation."
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