U.S. Senator and Republican presidential candidate Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that fellow GOP presidential contender Mike Huckabee was wrong to "question President Obama's motives" when Huckabee said the administration's nuclear deal with Iran will march Israelis "to the door of the oven."
Graham said in a radio interview that, though the deal has the potential to be "the worst deal in the history of the world in terms of throwing the world into chaos," the bad outcome was a result of Obama "misjudging our adversary."
"I don't question President Obama's motives," Graham said. "That's where Mike has gone down the wrong road. I like Mike Huckabee but this is about the most sensitive subject matter I can imagine. I am not accusing President Obama of marching the Jewish people to the ovens. I'm accusing him of misjudging our adversary, the Iranian Ayatollah, and constructing a deal that will empower them, that will create a certain nuclear arms race. Not his motives, but the outcome."
Graham further emphasized the need for Congress to block the deal, adding that Huckabee's "kind of rhetoric does not help."
"And if you say 'no' to this deal, it gives the next president some leverage to negotiate a better deal," Graham argued. "I think we can get a better deal, we must get a better deal. But I don't want to do anything to hurt our cause of stopping this deal and this kind of rhetoric does not help."
Christopher Massie is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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