August 21, 2015

These Are The Democrat Senate Candidates Dodging The Iran Deal

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These eight Democrats are very into the idea of running for senate, but not so into the making tough choices part of the job, especially with one of the biggest foreign policy issues of our time: the looming showdown over the Obama nuclear agreement with Iran. The Hill reports:

Democratic Senate candidates are keeping their distance from President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, with most declining to say whether they back it.

While former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and former Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold have endorsed the Iran agreement, declared and potential Democratic candidates in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Hampshire are on the fence.

A quick look at polling data makes it clear why these Democrats are trying to avoid taking a position:

The Iran pact has become a thorny issue for Democrats. While polls indicate the public is skeptical of the deal, core elements of the liberal base are strongly in favor of it. The party’s likely standard-bearer in 2016, Hillary Clinton, has also endorsed the agreement, tying herself to Obama.

Their excuse? The DSCC is claiming these candidates can’t read and comprehend a 150-page document in the six weeks since it was released:

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) has defended the candidates, saying they are taking the time necessary to understand the deal.

If these Democrats continue to try to have it both ways, they may find that voters are just as skeptical of prevaricating politicians as they are of the controversial deal.