Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says he’s impressed by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and grateful for the Democrat’s rejection of President Obama’s Iran nuclear deal.
“Thank God for Sen. Schumer and his opposition to this reckless nuclear deal with Iran,” Huckabee said in a statement. “While I disagree with Sen. Schumer on most things, I applaud him for putting peace in the Middle East above partisan politics. Despite endless arm-twisting and enormous political pressure from the White House, Sen. Schumer chose statesmanship over partisanship.”
The former Arkansas governor said he hopes the decision will inspire other high-ranking Democrats to follow.
In recent weeks, two powerful Jewish Democrats in the House, Reps. Steve Israel and Nita M. Lowey, also from New York, announced their opposition to the nuclear agreement.
“Sen. Schumer’s opposition to the agreement sends a signal to every pro-Israel Democrat in Washington that they don’t have to ‘walk the plank’ for President Obama – they can stand for peace and reject this bad deal. And I pray that they will,” said Huckabee.
Schumer, the likely future Democratic leader of the Senate, announced his decision to oppose the deal on Thursday.
“Advocates on both sides have strong cases for their points of view that cannot simply be dismissed,” Schumer said Thursday night.
“This has made evaluating the agreement a difficult and deliberate endeavor, and after deep study, careful thought and considerable soul-searching, I have decided I must oppose the agreement and will vote yes on a motion of disapproval,” he said.
“To me, the very real risk is Iran will not moderate and will, instead, use the agreement to pursue its nefarious goals is too great,” added Schumer.
Congress is currently within a 60-day window for reviewing the Iran deal’s intricate details, and will vote for a resolution either approving or disapproving the agreement next month.
Schumer’s move hurts Obama’s push for congressional approval of the deal.
Huckabee’s fellow Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz,R-Texas, also praised Schumer’s decision during a gathering of journalists Saturday at the RedState Gathering, a convention of conservative activists, reported CNN.
“There used to be a long tradition of Democrats who were willing to stand up and defend our national security. Sadly, that has become almost an endangered species in Congress,” said Cruz. “I hope that Chuck Schumer carries through and doesn’t just oppose this deal, but that he helps lead the fight to rally his fellow Democrats to stand together.”