Hillary Clinton could get a better nuclear deal with Iran than President Barack Obama, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Sunday.
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“The best deal, I think, comes with a new president,” Graham said in an interview on CBS’ Face the Nation program. “Hillary Clinton would do better. I think everybody on our side, except maybe Rand Paul, could do better.”
Clinton, Graham and Paul are all mulling presidency bids in 2016.
Obama may have struck the best deal he could, Graham said, but he was a “flawed negotiator.” Graham's interview was reported on the Politico website.
“His foreign policy has failed on multiple fronts,” Graham said. “Nobody in the region trusts him. The Iranians do not fear or respect him, so he’ll never be able to get the best deal.”
Graham also took Obama to task for saying that the alternative to the nuclear deal was war with Iran.
“I believe there’s a better deal,” Graham said. “I don’t want a war, but at the end of the day I don’t want to give Iran the tools and the capability to continue to destroy the Middle East and one day attack us by building bigger missiles.”
Graham said Congress should wait for a final deal before voting on the agreement.
“I don’t mind giving the administration the time between now and June to put this deal together, because when you listen to the Iranians and Secretary [of State John] Kerry, it’s almost like you’re talking two different deals,” Graham said.
“I support the idea of giving them time to put the deal together, but I insist that Congress review the deal, debate and vote on it before it comes final.”