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Bill Nelson announces support for Iran nuclear deal



Sen. Bill Nelson is on the Senate floor now announcing his support for the Iran nuclear deal, giving President Obama another Democratic vote and one from a state with a sizable Jewish population.

Nelson said the goal, for a while at least, accomplishes the goal of depriving Iran from developing a nuclear bomb.

"If the U.S. walks away from this multinational agreement, I believe we would find ourselves alone in the world with little credibility."

Without a deal, Iran could "quickly" move ahead on its nuclear program, Nelson argued. He said Iran needs the money that would come under the deal, but stressed Iranian leaders must be closely monitored. "Don't trust, but verify."

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio has turned opposition to the deal into a centerpiece of his presidential campaign, and has taken to warning audiences that the U.S. could be attacked.

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 4:41pm]


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