NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, headlined a rally Wednesday in Washington, D.C. protesting the U.S. negotiated deal with Iran.
The rally, organized by the Tea Party Patriots, including Concerned Women for America, attracted hundreds outside the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol despite the hot weather.
“I’ve been doing deals for a long time … that’s what I do,” Trump said. “Never ever, ever in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran.”
The GOP frontrunner promised he would bring home the four Americans — former FBI agent Robert Levinson, pastor Saeed Abedini, former U.S. marine Amir Hekmati and Washington Post’s Jason Rezaian — before he entered the White House.
“If I win the presidency I guarantee you those four prisoners are back in our country before I ever take office,” Trump said. “I guarantee that.”
Speaking immediately before Trump, Sen. Cruz called the Iran deal “catastrophic” and the “single greatest national security threat facing America.”
“Stop this deal!” Cruz declared.
Cruz has been one of the few Republican presidential candidates who hasn’t gone after Trump.
“I want to thank my friend Donald Trump for joining us today,” Cruz said at the rally. The two shook hands and chatted briefly before Trump took the stage.
Presidential hopeful and former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson and Sarah Palin also spoke at the rally.
All the Democratic senators, as of Tuesday, have declared where they stand on the deal. Currently 42 Democrats support the deal, while four oppose it. Four previously undeclared Senate Democrats — Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Ron Wyden of Oregon, Gary Peters of Michigan and Maria Cantwell of Washington state — announced their support for the international agreement in a coordinated burst. That pushed supporters to a 42-vote total, one more than necessary to block a GOP disapproval resolution with a filibuster, and prevent a final vote.
“There is no better deal available now,” declared Blumenthal, one of the Senate’s Jewish Democrats, announcing his support for an accord that is strongly opposed by Israeli leaders as well as Republican senators.
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