GOP Sen. John Cornyn: Iran nuke deal a distraction from Obamacare

The Senate's number two Republican is unimpressed by the administration's recent diplomatic breakthrough

By Elias Isquith

Published November 24, 2013 3:35PM (EST)

The ink was barely dry on the deal to curb Iran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief by the time the number two Republican in the Senate let it be known that he saw the whole agreement as little more than a distraction. A distraction from what? From Obamacare, of course!

Here's the tweet Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn sent out soon after the diplomatic breakthrough with Iran was announced:

Cornyn's tweet is reflective of widespread skepticism on the right when it comes to a diplomatic solution to the Iranian nuclear crisis. Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, for example, released a statement after the deal was announced saying he found it "troubling" that Iran would still be allowed to enrich uranium. Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, meanwhile, also criticized the deal, saying that it showed "other rogue states that wish to go nuclear that you can obfuscate, cheat, and lie for a decade, and eventually the United States will tire and drop key demands."

Elias Isquith

Elias Isquith is a former Salon staff writer.

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