Where the 2016 Candidates Stand on the Iran Nuclear Deal

Eighteen candidates opposed, four in favor.

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Nora Kelly
Sept. 1, 2015, 9:37 a.m.

There’s less than one month to go in Con­gress’s re­view of the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion’s nuc­le­ar deal with Ir­an. And as Hill watch­ers tally votes, they’d also do well to check out what the 2016 field has to say about the deal—after all, they do in­clude five sit­ting sen­at­ors.

Some top lines of the Ir­an deal are as fol­lows: It re­duces the coun­try’s cache of en­riched urani­um and the num­ber of cent­ri­fuges Tehran can use for en­rich­ment, it starts lift­ing sanc­tions once Ir­an has met cer­tain con­di­tions, and it man­dates that the In­ter­na­tion­al Atom­ic En­ergy Agency keep tabs on Ir­an’s nuc­le­ar fa­cil­it­ies for the next two dec­ades or so. But it’s worth not­ing that some of the pres­id­en­tial con­tenders dis­pute al­most en­tirely the vera­city of what the Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion has said about the deal, which was an­nounced Ju­ly 14.

Na­tion­al Journ­al picked through pub­lic state­ments the con­tenders have made on the agree­ment and asked each cam­paign ex­actly what their can­did­ate thinks. By now, all of them have pub­licly weighed in—18 are op­posed, four in fa­vor—and their at­ti­tudes range from hope­ful to en­raged.


Graphic by Andrew McGill

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