Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Chair, to Vote for Iran Deal

The Florida representative got emotional describing the decision.

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) speaks to the media as she is joined by local lawmakers and womens health advocates to call for Florida Governor Rick Scotts veto of a recently passed measure that they feel severely restricts access to safe and legal abortions on April 27, 2015 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

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Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Sunday that she will vote in favor of the Iran nuclear agreement.

“I've concluded that the best thing to do is vote in support of the Iran deal,” said Wasserman Schultz, appearing on CNN's State of the Union. 

The U.S. representative from South Florida said that two of her concerns about the deal had been worries over potential dangers presented to Israel, and doubts over the effectiveness of future enforcement of the terms of the deal, 

She choked up a bit when the conversation turned to the inner debate she faced as a Jew, and the possible backlash she will get from Jewish constituents. Wasserman Schultz pointed to an op-ed in the Miami Herald, detailing her “Jewish heart.”

“There's nothing more important to me as a Jew to ensure Israel's existence,” she said on CNN. “It is the homeland of my people.”

President Barack Obama has lobbied hard for Democratic support for the nuclear accord, which would ease economic sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on the country's nuclear program. He has also made pitches to U.S. Jewish leaders to counter opposition to the deal by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Obama has 38 Senate votes, all from Democrats, in support of the Iran deal. That guarantees that if Congress votes to disapprove the deal this month and Obama vetoes that measure—as he has said he will—the president will have the 34 Senate votes to keep Republicans from overriding his action.

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