Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) argued that unless a nuclear weapons deal with Iran gets the approval of Congress, the next president shouldn’t be bound by that deal.
His statement, sent out to reporters on Tuesday evening, comes as Senate Republicans face strong blowback for sending a letter to Iran’s leaders to try and undermine the Obama administration’s negotiations with the country on a nuclear weapons deal.
TPM reached out to Walker’s political organization, Our American Revival, asking for the governor’s stance on the letter.
“Republicans need to ensure that any deal President Obama reaches with Iran receives congressional review,” Walker said in the statement. “Unless the White House is prepared to submit the Iran deal it negotiates for congressional approval, the next president should not be bound [by] it. I will continue to express that concern publicly to the President and directly to the American people.”
But the statement doesn’t say, as TPM asked, if Walker supports the move by the Senate Republicans to send the letter or feels that it was out of bounds. Some Republicans, like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) have expressed support for the Republicans who signed the letter.
Others, like Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said the letter was not “constructive.” Corker just happens to be the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R), who, like Walker, has shown strong interest in running for president in 2016, also released a statement, saying only that the 47 senators “are reacting to reports of a bad deal that will likely enable Iran to become a nuclear state. They would not have been put in this position had the Administration consulted regularly with them rather than ignoring their input.”
It’s unclear from that statement as well if Bush thought it was a good idea to send the letter.