McConnell Admits Iran Deal “has a Great Likelihood of Success”
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell conceded Monday that President Obama “has a great likelihood of success” in getting his landmark Iran deal passed.
Speaking to the Scott County Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Republican cautioned that Democrats could sustain a veto of a Republican resolution that disapproves of the Iran deal this September. Due to a special deal negotiated between the president and leading Republican lawmakers, a “one-third plus one” vote is all that’s needed get the deal through.
McConnell, who has repeatedly called the Iran deal “flawed,” diplomatically said that he hoped “to have a respectful, uplifting debate” when the Senate returns to vote on the resolution.
Speaking with reporters after the event, Senator McConnell was asked whether he was resigned to the idea that Obama was likely to have enough Democratic support to sustain the veto and go ahead with the deal.
“I hope not, but what I’m pretty confident of is sustaining the veto will be an entirely Democratic exercise,” McConnell said. “Sen. (Charles) Schumer coming out against the deal was helpful. I hope we can defeat it, but the procedure is obviously stacked in the president’s favor. And we’ll see.”
Schumer, a leading New York Democrat slated to take over minority leadership in the Senate next year, caved to intense constituent pressure and will not back the Iran deal.
Senator McConnell also noted that the next president could review Obama’s executive agreement with Iran in a year and a half.