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Price: Don't judge Iran deal yet

Posted April 7, 2015

— Fourth District Democratic Congressman David Price talked about Iran, fast-track trade agreements and Hillary Clinton in an interview with WRAL News on Tuesday.

Price said he's trying to work to preserve the "framework" of the Obama administration's negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program. Republicans have been criticizing the talks for weeks, and GOP congressional leaders panned the deal as unacceptable as soon as it was announced, even though many key details have yet to be worked out among the nations that are part of the negotiations, including Russia and China.

"I think it's a mistake to pre-judge it, to decide in advance that no deal is good enough, which almost seems to be what some people are saying. We're not going to have a perfect deal. We're not going to totally dismantle Iran's nuclear capability. We're not going to have them just unconditionally surrender," he said. "What we need to do is keep the pressure on, make sure they feel the bite of the sanctions and make sure they understand that not just to freeze their program, but to roll the program back, is what the international community requires in order to have the sanctions relief that they need and desire. That's what we're on the way, I think, to achieving.

"I want to keep us on course," he continued, "and for members of Congress to be passing resolutions that seem to indicate no confidence in our negotiators or to be laying down conditions as to what deal would be good enough, I don't think it's helpful at this point. It tends to undermine the whole process, and it tends to make the U.S. look like the offending partner."

On the president's request for fast-track authority for trade agreements, Price said his feelings are mixed. He said that, while it's not practical for Congress to try to negotiate every detail of a trade pact, he would like more interaction and transparency between administration officials and Congress as those agreements are put together.

Price also spoke in support of Clinton's expected candidacy for president in 2016, saying he "can't imagine anyone better qualified to be president." But he also conceded Clinton's use of a private email account during her time as secretary of state may have hurt her with some Democrats.

"There's some indication that it's raised questions with the public, and I think not lasting damage probably, but it was an odd decision, and I would say not a very wise decision to do what she did about the email," he said. "There's nothing illegal about it – nothing unprecedented about it for that matter – but I think I could wish she had handled it differently, and maybe she does, too.

"We need to fully understand what has gone on, what the implications of it are, the ways it can be corrected," he said. "I also think that we can't let this be used – shouldn't be let this be used – by Hillary Clinton's detractors simply as a way to beat up on her. We need to deal with it in a fair and objective manner, and I think most people are perfectly capable of doing that."

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  • Teresa Engel Apr 10, 2015
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    OK, I'll still play. What freedoms has President Obama "tried" to take from you? I'm still waiting. Please try and answer the question without resorting to juvenile name-calling.

  • Sean Creasy Apr 10, 2015
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    ... You have misquoted me... If you go back and read it again you'll see that I said TRY TO.... But like all the other O-bots you refuse to let those pesky details get in the way....

  • Teresa Engel Apr 9, 2015
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    OK, I'll play along. Please enlighten me on what "more" freedoms President Obama has taken from you? I'll wait.

  • Carl Keehn Apr 9, 2015
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    Do you still have your gun?

    Are you still able to buy bullets?

    A bit dramatic aren't you?

  • Teresa Engel Apr 9, 2015
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    The only POTUS that took away your freedoms, in the name of "security" was W. Or have you conveniently forgotten about the so-called "Patriot Act"?

  • Jack Jones Apr 9, 2015
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    President Obama doesn't want your gun, but the NRA sold you on that, and probably a dozen more guns too.

  • Sean Creasy Apr 9, 2015
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    Anyone want to guess where the Iranian scientists learned all the ins and outs of nuclear fission? It wasn't China or Russia... The vast majority got their MBA's right here in the good ol USA...

  • Charlie Watkins Apr 9, 2015
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    Iran gets the bomb but meanwhile back in the USA Obama wants to take my gun.

  • Quin Satterthwaite Apr 8, 2015
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    Obama has admitted in an interview on Tuesday with NPR that in his proposed agreement with Iran in the *best case* it will move the 100% certainty of them getting a bomb to the end of the agreement frame work:

    ""What is a more relevant fear would be that in Year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point, the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero," Obama said. "So doing everything that they are allowed to in this agreement, and that the World can't punish them for, they could have completed all of the precursor work and can then immediately produce a nuclear weapon.

    That's Obama's plan- not to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons, just to delay then until after his Presidency.

    How can Price say its unfair to " pre-judge" an agreement that that fails its basic purpose? That dumb.

  • Teresa Engel Apr 8, 2015
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    They are already violating this agreement. When Iran signed the NPT in 1970, they did it to be eliglible to purchase nuclear power plants from the US. And the Shah of Iran was in power then. Then came the coup in 1979, and the Iranian government had no clear ties to the US. And since then, they have been attempting to develop nuclear capabilities beyond just power plants. Another agreement needs to be negotiated, or they will continue to develop more nuclear capabilities. The sanctions have definitely worked, and will only be removed when Iran proves they are living up to the agreements worked out in this latest round of negotiations. Yes, they were signatures on the original 1970 agreement. But this new agreement in no way "allows" them to violate the 1970 agreement, which allowed them to have a nuclear program for power, just like this one does. So, before you call others ignorant, look in the mirror first.

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