DNC will try to tie GOP presidential hopefuls to Iran letter

DNC will try to tie GOP presidential hopefuls to Iran letter

The Democratic National Committee will seek to tie all of the GOP presidential hopefuls to the controversial open letter to Iran signed by 47 Republican senators, according to talking points obtained by The Hill show.

Four potential Republican presidential candidates, Sens. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump feuds heat up Rubio to introduce legislation to keep Supreme Court at 9 seats Stop asking parents to sacrifice Social Security benefits for paid family leave MORE (Fla.), Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulRepublicans need solutions on environment too Trio of NFL players intern on Capitol Hill as part of league program Trump keeps tight grip on GOP MORE (Ky.), Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke raised .1 million from over 128,000 donors on campaign's first day O'Rourke on Israeli-Palestinian conflict: 'We don't have the best negotiating partners on either side' O'Rourke: 'I think we can win Texas' in 2020 MORE (Texas) and Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamMcConnell calls McCain a 'rare patriot' and 'American hero' after Trump criticism The Hill's Morning Report - Trump, Dems put manufacturing sector in 2020 spotlight GOP steps up attack over tech bias claims MORE (S.C.), signed the letter. The DNC is telling its Democratic surrogates and supporters to hold the rest of the field accountable as well.

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“We’ve already seen top GOP presidential contenders sign their names to this letter and can expect the rest of the field to join them in supporting a tactic that does nothing but damage our diplomatic process abroad,” the DNC talking points say.

“The questions everyone should be asking these presidential hopefuls is, do they support these kinds of tactics that undermine the President’s ability to advance our national interests around the world, and would they support these kinds of tactics from a Democratic Senate if they were sitting in the Oval Office,” the memo continues.

The White House is furious with Senate Republicans over the open letter to Iran, which warns any nuclear program deal it strikes with the Obama administration could be at risk once he leaves the White House.

The DNC talking points signal a larger push by Democrats to make the aggressive tactics of congressional Republicans on foreign policy an issue heading into 2016.

“It is not new information that the Republican approach to foreign policy is reckless and dangerous, but today Republican Senators crossed a line,” the talking points say. “This is a new low even for a party that has long abandoned the idea of politics stopping at the water’s edge.”

“Republicans have now moved beyond reckless rhetoric to actually working to undermine the ability of the United States to find diplomatic solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, like nuclear proliferation,” the memo states.

The open letter to Iran seems to be the final straw for Democrats, who are accusing Republicans of going through backchannels to thwart President Obama's foreign policy agenda.

Democrats were already furious with Congressional Republicans for inviting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak on Capitol Hill without consulting the Obama administration first.

“The GOP has made it very clear what their approach to foreign policy is: shoot first, talk later,” the DNC memo says. “The answer seems clear, but for today’s GOP there is nothing that they aren’t willing to turn into a partisan stunt and no line they aren’t willing to cross to obstruct the President from doing the job he was elected to do.”

Sen. Tom CottonThomas (Tom) Bryant CottonSenate rejects border declaration in major rebuke of Trump Hillicon Valley: Doctors press tech to crack down on anti-vax content | Facebook, Instagram suffer widespread outages | Spotify hits Apple with antitrust complaint | FCC rejects calls to delay 5G auction Senate votes to confirm Neomi Rao to appeals court MORE (R-Ark.), who spearheaded the letter, is calling on all of the potential 2016 presidential contenders to add their names to the letter.