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For the Record': Why the Iran Deal Is Now Under Fire From Leading Democrats


President Barack Obama has repeatedly sought to downplay opposition to the proposed Iran nuclear deal as based solely in partisan politics.

He defended the deal during an Aug. 5 speech when he accused Republican critics of "making common cause" with Iranian hardliners. Three weeks later, Obama referred to his opponents as "the crazies."

However, two of Obama's biggest critics come from his own party. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, came out against the deal on Aug. 7. Then, one of Obama's closest allies, New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez, the former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, publicly opposed the deal shortly after Schumer.

In this For the Record short, Menendez explains why he feels “the agreement that has been reached failed to achieve the one thing it set out to achieve."

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