Sen. Ron Johnson Kind Of Regrets GOPers Sending Iran Letter

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March 13, 2015 12:09 p.m.

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) suggested some regret that 47 Republican senators, Johnson included, sent a letter to Iran’s leaders aiming to scuttle nuclear weapons negotiations with the United States.

“I suppose the only regret is who it’s addressed to,” Johnson said Friday, according to Bloomberg. “But the content of the letter, none whatsoever.”

Johnson, who sits on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was responding to a question about what he thought of the content of the letter and whether Republicans regret crafting and sending it. The letter, led by Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) received a serious amount of blowback. It was seen by many as meant to undermine the Obama administration’s attempts to slow down Iran’s nuclear weapons program.

“This is an important deal, it’s a deal that rises to the level of a treaty that really should be evaluated and judged by the American people through their representatives,” Johnson said. “That treaty should come to Congress for an up-or-down vote.”

Johnson is likely to face a strong challenge from former Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI), whom Johnson defeated in 2010. Democrats were quick to jab Johnson over his Iran comments at Bloomberg.

“You don’t get do-overs with sensitive foreign policy negotiations and Ron Johnson’s ‘oopsies’ moment on the reckless letter he signed to Iran is just the latest example of how he puts partisanship and the Tea Party before common sense,” Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee press secretary Sadie Weiner said in response.

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