Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin duked it out with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough on Wednesday morning over the nuclear deal with Iran.
Durbin, the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate, blasted Republicans' lack of support regarding the deal, saying they're making it a "partisan issue" — but the "Morning Joe" host wasn't buying it.
"You would agree with me, would you not, that there are people of good faith on both sides of the aisle that are very concerned about this?" Scarborough asked Durbin, noting that even some of the strongest supporters of the deal have "real reservations" about it.
"Be a student of history and look back when Ronald Reagan sat down with Gorbachev," Durbin challenged Scarborough, bringing up the nuclear missile talks between the U.S. and Soviet Union in the 1980s. "What did the right wing of the Republican party say? They called it a suicide pact at the National Review. They condemned him for sitting down with this enemy of the United States."
But Scarborough pushed back: "You're just proving my point that Republicans attacked even a Republican president. It wasn't partisan."
"Reagan was right. Reagan was right. Reagan was right," Durbin countered. "How many times have I heard you extol the virtues of Reagan? He was right to sit down at that negotiating table and to reduce the likelihood of world war ... despite the criticism of his own party."
Scarborough noted that one of the reasons Reagan was able to do what he did with the Soviet Union was because he "knew when to walk away at Reykjavik," presumably implying that such action with Iran may have helped the U.S. cause.
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