Corker: Obama ‘Trying to Shut Down Debate’ on Iran By Calling Skeptics ‘Unpatriotic’

Thursday, Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) slammed  President Barack Obama’s for saying  yesterday Iranian hardliners chanting “death to America” are “making common cause” with Republicans.”

Corker said, “I just want to say how disappointed I was in the president’s comments yesterday relative to Iran. I know that we have questions about the TIP report and trafficking. I wonder if because we have questions about trafficking if it throws us into the category of being bad people.”

He continued, “We are being compared to the hardliners in Iran because we have concerns. Concerns that we are trying to have answered. Just a few months ago the president publicly was talking about what a thoughtful, principled person I was. I have to get the quote someplace. But now because I have concerns, and I think everyone has concerns. People are going to have to make a decision. This is going to be one of the toughest decisions. He’s trying to shut down debate by saying those who have questions, legitimate questions are somehow unpatriotic, are somehow compared to hardliners in Iran. And again it is to shut down debate.”

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