If President Obama signs a nuclear agreement with Iran that allows the country to keep its enrichment capabilities, and if Senator Marco Rubio runs for and wins the presidency in 2016, then Rubio says he would “absolutely” be willing to revoke the deal.
During an interview with conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday, the Florida Republican dug into the arguments laid in out Senator Tom Cotton's open letter to Iran signed by 47 Senate Republicans: a deal not approved by Congress might not survive the 2016 election. “Now if he brings it to the Congress and can get it passed, that’s a different story,” Rubio said. “He's indicated that he prefers to take it to the United Nations instead of the U.S. Congress.”
The State Department has set a goal for a framework for a deal by March 31. U.S. lawmakers have expressed concerns about whether Iran will keep its word and whether the deal would prevent Iran from continued work on a nuclear weapon several years from now. If the deal were revoked, Rubio argued that it would be hard to reinstate rolled-back sanctions, “but nonetheless, we should be willing to lead unilaterally.”
Hewitt also asked Rubio about Obama's relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the likelihood of a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine. Obama said recently that his relationship with the prime minister is “businesslike,” but Rubio accused Obama of sending his “entire political machine, virtually” to defeat Netanyahu. Rubio added that a two-state solution is “the ideal outcome, it's also the least likely.”