Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money — Progressives play hard ball on Biden budget plan The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Altria - Biden: We will fix nation's problems Left doubles down on aggressive strategy MORE threw his support behind the Iran nuclear deal Friday, suggesting it was a choice between the agreement or war.
"This agreement is obviously not all that many of us would have liked but it beats the alternative — a war with Iran that could go on for years," the Vermont independent said in a statement. "I think it is incumbent upon us ... to give the negotiated agreement a chance to succeed. That is why I will support the agreement.”
Sanders, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, reached his decision after speaking with President Obama on Friday, according to the senator's office, noting the president was able to tackle some of his remaining concerns.
He's also expected to publicly discuss his support of the agreement during an interview on Sunday with CBS News's "Face the Nation."
Though Friday marks Sanders's official endorsement of the deal, he offered strong initial praise when it was unveiled last month and was considered an all but guaranteed "yes" vote in support of the agreement.
He added that “the United States must do everything it can to make certain that Iran does not get a nuclear weapon, that Israel is not threatened by a nuclear Iran and that a nuclear arms race in the region is avoided."
This story was updated at 6:06 p.m.