Bernie Sanders Announces New Thoughts On Iran Deal

Posted: Aug 7 2015, 5:44pm CDT | by , in Latest Political News


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Bernie Sanders Announces New Thoughts on Iran Deal
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Bernie Sanders, who just recently said that he did not support the nuclear deal with Iran, may be changing his tune. The Vermont Senator told John Dickerson on CBS News' "Face the Nation" that the U.S. should take every necessary step to "make sure that we achieve that goal of Iran not having a nuclear weapon without going to war."

Sanders, an independent who caucuses with Democrats and is seeking the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, but to the chagrin of many in the party, offered a clear "I do" when asked whether he supports the agreement. "I'm not going to tell you that this is a perfect agreement. And every agreement can be better," Sanders added.

When Dickerson asked him about President Obama's statement that caused some controversy about whether or not Republican are trying to kill the agreement because they are 'making common cause' with those in Iran who oppose the agreement.

"I wouldn't frame it that way," Sanders replied. "This is what I saw recently in the Republican debate. It's so easy to be critical of an agreement which is not perfect. But the United States has to negotiate with, you know, other countries. We have to negotiate with Iran. And the alternative of not reaching an agreement, you know what it is? It's war. Do we really want another war, a war with Iran?"

Bernie has been staunchly against war for years, which is one of the reasons that many young people, who are also against war, like him and hope he will get the nomination.

"So I think we go as far as we possibly can in trying to give peace a chance, if you like. Trying to see if this agreement will work," he continued. "And I will support it."

The New York Times notes that this discussion about his agreement came mere hours after Bernie had a conversation with President Obama.

Congress is currently working toward a September vote that will allow lawmakers to vote to approve or disapprove the agreement, which would relieve sanctions on Iran in exchange for restrictions on the country's nuclear energy program. The GOP is holding out, and that means it will likely end up going back to the President, who has said he will veto any disapprovals.

It is up to the GOP to encourage Democrats to side against the republican.

However, now that Sanders has said he supports the deal, the Democrats are closer to sticking with Obama. However, there is still a lot of disagreement with Obama over it - even from within his own party. New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, who's likely to lead the Democratic caucus in the next Congress, declared his opposition to the deal.

You can watch the full interview with Sanders at 10:30 a.m. EST on Sunday, August 9, 2015 on "Face the Nation.”

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