How a Republican President Would Approach the Iran Deal

Posted August 24, 2015 at 5:00am

Jeffrey Goldberg spoke with Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) about his opposition to the Iran nuclear deal and how he would handle the deal if elected president.  

“I would highlight a number of points. The first is that Rubio made it clear he believes that Barack Obama will have his way on Iran: that Congress will not be able to muster a sufficient number of votes to override the president’s veto of an initial, Republican-led rejection of the Iran nuclear deal.”  

“Rubio argued that an Obama victory now would not necessarily translate into what the White House, or the Iranians, would see as a permanent win. He was blunt about what he would do should he reach the White House: undo, in whatever way possible, the deal. He believes it is inevitable that Iran will be caught cheating on its obligations, and when it does, he would be ready to mete out punishment—including to companies that will presumably be rushing into the Iranian market once the deal is finalized.”