Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) said while he thought the letter to Iranian leaders 47 Republican sent was an “unacceptable level of contempt for the office of the president,” but that would not interfere with his making sure Congress approves any deal with Iran.
Kaine said, “The White House is frustrated with congress because congress is taking action in the last few weeks, showing an unacceptable level of contempt for the office of the president. However, let’s be realistic here. The deal that is being negotiated with Iran is about what will Iran do in order to get out from under congressional sanctions, and so it is unrealistic to think that congress is not going to be involved in looking at a final deal. I am a pro diplomacy senator and I’ve supported the negotiations to this point. But any deal that touches upon the congressional statutory sanctions is going to get a review of congress. And the only question is are you going to have a constructive, deliberate, bipartisan process or are you going to be rushed and partisan? We have seen the wrong way to go about it last week. I hope we will approach it in the careful and deliberate and bipartisan way.”
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