QUESTION: The deal is made. It’s made not just with the United States, but with the European allies. Would you move forward with re-imposing sanctions even if the Europeans don’t go along with it?RUBIO: Yes, it wouldn’t be as effective, obviously…the Europeans are going to have a test anyway because the Iranians are going to violate the sanctions at some point. They’re going to evade it either by trying to take advantage of loopholes in the deal, or they’ll just flat out evade it because they’ve always had a secret component to their program. And at that point, they’re going to have a huge test on their hands, which is, are they willing to live by the agreement that they even signed on to?But from the United States’ perspective, while we want our allies to join us in this endeavor, and certainly sanctions against Iran would be more effective were they in conjunction with our allies around the world, we have to look out for our own national security concerns. And in my mind, if the president wanted this to be a permanent deal that survived his presidency, he would have brought it to Congress.
To try to get there, Mr. Corker and Mr. Cardin focused on watering down two provisions. One would require the president to certify every 90 days that Iran is not supporting terrorist attacks against Americans, an issue that has not been part of the nuclear negotiations. The other would prevent the president from waiving any sanctions until the expiration of a 60-day congressional review period.
Corker said there is broad agreement on the basic process set out in the bill: the establishment of a review period during which sanctions would remain in place, the ability of Congress to approve or disapprove the deal and, if the deal is approved, the creation of an ongoing congressional role in overseeing Iranian compliance.
In another compromise with Democrats, Corker is willing to allow the president to waive sanctions on a faster timetable than the 60-day waiting period envisioned in earlier versions of his bill.
A senior Republican aide said the bill is unlikely to reach the Senate floor for several weeks, which could give Corker and Cardin more time to get a deal. That could be more difficult if GOP members on the Foreign Relations panel succeed in adding amendments that would toughen any deal with Iran. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who on Monday launched his campaign for president in 2016, has proposed an amendment that would require Iran to accept Israel’s right to exist.
A consensus is forming within the Republican Party that the plan of attack against Hillary Clinton should be…rooted in her accumulation of wealth and designed to frame her as removed from the concerns of average Americans…interviews with GOP consultants, party officials and the largest conservative super PACs point to an emerging narrative of a wealthy, out-of-touch candidate who plays by her own set of rules and lives in a world of private planes, chauffeured vehicles and million-dollar homes. The out-of-touch plutocrat template is a familiar one: Democrats used it to devastating effect against Republican Mitt Romney in 2012.
Rand Paul — who announced his own 2016 bid Tuesday — is planning to trace the edges of the GOP argument in cable television ads that will run in four early voting states this week. “Hillary Rodham Clinton represents the worst of the Washington machine. The arrogance of power, corruption, cover up. Conflicts of interest,” the spots say. “The Washington machine is destroying the American Dream.”