Rand Paul Signed The Open Letter To Iran To Help Obama

Last week, there was a firestorm over the controversial open letter sent to Iranian leaders, signed by 47 GOP Senate members. One of the co-signers, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), said he signed the letter in order to give President Barack Obama a stronger standing during his negotiations over Iran's nuclear program.

On Sunday, Paul said, "There's no one in Washington more against war and more for a negotiated deal than I am. But I want the negotiated deal to be a good deal. So my reason for signing onto the letter, I think it reiterates what is the actual law, that Congress will have to undo sanctions. But I also signed onto the letter because I want the president to negotiate from a position of strength which means that he needs to be telling them in Iran that 'I've got Congress to deal with.'" Paul also said the issue was about a separation of powers. He said that Obama should respect the role Congress has to play in the overall process. He also shared that if he were president, he would "run things in a different way. Instead of stiff-arming Congress, I would go to Congress and engage them. He needs to come and sell it to Congress, individually, member by member." Obama mocked the letter at the Gridiron dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday by saying, “You don’t diminish your office by taking a selfie. You do it by sending a poorly written letter to Iran. Really. That wasn't a joke."

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