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Maryland Democratic Senator Ben Cardin.

Opponents to the agreement with Iran are lacking approximately nine Democratic senators to override a Presidential veto of its rejection, but the truth that is an opposition victory might have limited meaning.

Congress cannot strike down the agreement, which was made along with five other Western powers. All it can do is block President Obama’s agreement to lift U.S. sanctions.

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Doing so would be very significant, both politically for President Obama and the Democratic party as well as for American’s relations with the other P5+1 countries and Iran.

There are seven undecided Democratic senators, according to a tally by the Washington Post’s Amber Phillips.

If all of them turn against President Obama, it will be easier to convince a couple of others whose positions are not yet known.

The seven undecided Democrats, acceding to Phillips, are:

Michael Bennet of Colorado;

Ben Cardin of Maryland;

Bob Casey of Pennsylvania;

Joe Donnelly of Indiana;

Tim Kaine of Virginia;

Bill Nelson of Pennsylvania;

and Mark Warner of Virginia.

Cardin is one of the most important of the undecided. He attends Baltimore’s largest and wealthiest modern Orthodox Beth Tfiloh Congregation, which is highly pro-Israel.

He told NPR this week:

Israel’s security issues are of major concern. We don’t want to see an arms race in the Middle East, so it is a factor. And it’s a factor that I’m sure we will carefully consider.

Earlier in the week, Cardin told Bloomberg:

There is no trust when it comes to Iran. In our deliberations we need to ensure the negotiations resulted in a comprehensive, long-lasting, and verifiable outcome that also provides for snap-back of sanctions should Iran deviate from its commitments.

The nine Democratic Senators whose positions are not known are:

Cory Booker of New Jersey;

Maria Cantwell of Washington;

Claire McCaskill of Missouri;

Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota’

Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota;

Barbara Mikulski of Maryland;

Sen. Patty Murray of Washington;

Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan; and

Sen. Jon Tester of Montana.

One of the most pivotal of the “unknowns” is McCaskill. She stated this week:

Preventing Iran from gaining a nuclear weapon is paramount to our national security, and if this agreement accomplishes that goal, it will make the world a safer place for America and our allies. I plan to spend the coming weeks taking a hard look at the agreement’s details to ensure that it will result in a verifiable way to prevent a nuclear-armed Iran.”

Phillip’s tally shows 43 senators “leaning” to vote against ObamaDeal, including New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, and only 26 are in favor or are leaning in favor.

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12 COMMENTS

  1. The democrats in America are stupid to say this deal will make the world a safer place for America and our allies, don't they know God is in control, not man. America is about to be judged for all the sinful things they have OK'd. I love Israel and pray for peace for them.

  2. Ruth you don’t like this deal call Chuck Schumer know matter where you live. His number in Washington DC is (202) 224-6542. He can stop this deal. Also we need a veto proof vote in the senate. Democratic senators would like to be reelected in our life time. Please call them and tell them you do not trust a nuclear deal with Iran. Please spread the word. If we each reach say 20 people with this message we will get somewhere. Please spread the word. If we each reach say 20 people we will get somewhere.

  3. Harold are you really so ignorant that you believe that the American's capitulated to Iran? Do you have any idea how long it takes to clean up a nuclear site? You really need to think before you make stupid and ignorant comments!

  4. Vivky – You really need to get a life and to do some things on your own. You are confusing the Democrats of today with the Democrats of old and they are not the same! The Democrats of today are responsible for giving you and your family everthing positive they have in you lives! The republcans have no done a damned thing to help you, your family or anyone else in the entire world to make their lives even one little tiny bit better!

  5. Israeli current government or American Government of the United States? Decide.
    The seven undecided Democrats, acceding to Phillips, are:
    Michael Bennet of Colorado;
    Ben Cardin of Maryland;
    Bob Casey of Pennsylvania;
    Joe Donnelly of Indiana;
    Tim Kaine of Virginia;
    Bill Nelson of Pennsylvania;
    and Mark Warner of Virginia.
    The nine Democratic Senators whose positions are not known are:
    Cory Booker of New Jersey;
    Maria Cantwell of Washington;
    Claire McCaskill of Missouri;
    Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota’
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota;
    Barbara Mikulski of Maryland;
    Sen. Patty Murray of Washington;
    Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan; and
    Sen. Jon Tester of Montana.

  6. I am 86 years old and the only thing the Democrats have given me is Social Security and I worked well over 60 years to earn that., starting when I was 15. Work makes you strong and working to get through college and graduate school makes you even stronger, both mentally and physically. I do not need handouts, Ed, just respect for myself as a thinking and active human being. Republicans give me that, while the Democrats try to buy my vote.

  7. What I wrote to Sen. Chuck Schumer. It won't sway him, but I feel better. "I trust you will support the Iran Agreement and hasten the genocide of your people. Your silence on the issue is deafening so I'm sure you're with Obama and against your co-religionists and the welfare of the American people. Remember Sir, history is watching you. If you vote with your G-d Obama, you will be remembered as an equal of Neville Chamberlain, the German Bund, Haman, Charles Lindbergh, Ezra Pound, Vichy, Pope Pius and all the other enablers of fascism. What will your children and grandchildren, friends (former) and colleagues think of you? Evil incarnate, they will say. Judenrat. Kapo. Moreover, I would like to remind you that nuclear weapons cannot distinguish between Jews, Christians, Hindus or Muslims, Nuclear fallout cannot be contained by a border, particularly one as small as Israel's. Who is next on Iran's enemies list after Israel and the Jews. The USA. I actually think that Obama wants to give Iran nuclear weapons for a reason – to obviate Israel's military superiority. This way he thinks that he can order Israel to surrender Jerusalem and fall back to the 1948 border and create another Jihadist Muslim Terrorist nation, the world's 27th, called Palestine, run by your friend Hamas.. However, if you give people who kill their wives, children, parents, friends to defend and spread their religion, who use torture, genital mutilation, rape and terror as a child uses his or her pacifier, than you are playing with fire. Furthermore, Sen. Schumer, what will Iran do with the billions of dollars your friend Obama is giving Iran, and a signing bonus to boot!? Spread terror? Yes. Fund Hamas? Yes. Fund any and every terror outfit that opposes the USA and Israel? Yes. History will judge you. If you believe in G-d, he will judge you. Your family will Judge you. You will be hated, reviled and despised by all right thinking people. Is power and money and position that important to you? Have you no shame?
    Booker is not in question. He will side with Obama. Take him off the list.

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