Congressman Adrian Smith has come out against the Iran nuclear deal.
Smith took time before making public his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal brokered by the United States along with Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China.
“My conclusion after studying the issue, after going to many meetings, and just interacting on the issue itself, I’ve concluded that I think it’s a bad deal,” Smith tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I think that no deal is better than a bad deal.”
President Barack Obama has been campaigning tirelessly for the deal, making calls to Democrats in Congress to support it. The president is working a two-front strategy. Obama wants to block a bill in Congress opposing the deal, but if he proves unsuccessful in that effort, the president wants to at least retain enough support to uphold a veto.
As part of his pitch, the president has claimed that the choice is between this deal or war.
“I think the president saying it’s either his deal or war is a very irresponsible statement,” Smith says. “I think it’s simplistic. I think it’s inaccurate”
Smith, a Republican, is the last of the Nebraska Congressional delegation to announce his decision on the nuclear deal with Iran, making the delegation’s opposition unanimous.
Earlier, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican, and Brad Ashford, a Democrat, came out against the deal. Both of Nebraska’s United States Senators, Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse, oppose the deal. Both Fischer and Sasse are Republicans.
Congress is on its August recess. When members return to Washington, the Iran nuclear deal will be the top issue they face. Congress has until September 17th to vote on the measure.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]