Good stuff. The polling on this issue in PA is tilted against the deal by a not-unsubstantial margin, but the fact is that there’s no way most voters have actually read up on what’s in the deal, so politicians have a lot of responsibility and political latitude to do what they think is right. Does Casey lose some donors over this? Maybe for a little while, until they see the nutty stuff Jake Corman or whoever is running on in 2018 as the GOP nominee against Casey. In the end though, it’s just not going to be the thing that sways the 2016 or 2018 Senate races. Now we still need to hear from Katie McGinty!
Here’s the key part of the statement, from the inbox:
“After the more than six weeks of intensive review, I have concluded that I will support the JCPOA, vote no on the motion to disapprove and no on a veto override vote if necessary. I firmly believe that effective implementation of the JCPOA, bolstered by other U.S. policies, including a strong deterrence policy of the U.S. and our partners, will be in our national security interest. This agreement will substantially constrain the Iranian nuclear program for its duration, and compared with all realistic alternatives, it is the best option available to us at this time.
The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is a detailed, technical agreement that is the product of serious, tough, multiparty negotiations. I respect the views of each constituent, expert and official who has reviewed this agreement and reached their own conclusion. Thoughtful concerns have been raised, and I have asked tough questions of the Administration over the course of my review.
I have been among the strongest supporters of the tough sanctions against Iran, which brought the regime to the negotiating table. I will continue to advance legislative efforts that prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon, exporting terrorism in the region, and committing human rights atrocities at home.
I will vote to support the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action because I believe it is the best option available to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. It places strict limitations on Iran’s nuclear program, requires robust monitoring and verification measures, and grants relief only from nuclear sanctions in exchange for verified actions on Iran’s part.”