Former senators urge Iran vote with explosive ad

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A bipartisan trio of former senators has banded together to run an aggressive TV ad urging Congress to pass a bill that would allow lawmakers to review any deal that international negotiators reach with Iran to prevent it from obtaining a nuclear weapon. 

Former Sens. Saxby ChamblissClarence (Saxby) Saxby ChamblissThe Hill's Morning Report - Gillibrand drops out as number of debaters shrinks Hoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post Republicans say Democrats holding up disaster relief as 'Sandy payback' MORE (R-Ga.), Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), and Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) have created a new 501(c)(4) called the American Security Initiative, which last week began running an ad showing a white van, ostensibly packed with a nuclear bomb, driving towards New York.  

The driver of the van is listening to the radio, where a soundbite from Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSenate Judiciary Committee requests consultation with admin on refugee admissions Trump reignites court fight with Ninth Circuit pick Trump judicial picks face rare GOP opposition MORE (R-S.C.) is heard saying, "We got a North Korea in the making, one day you're going to wake up with an Iranian nuclear weapon." 

As the van continues driving into New York, the radio also plays a snippet of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress a week ago, in which he says, "Just imagine the horrific results if the Islamic extremists who rule Iran get their hands on nuclear weapons." 

A voiceover is heard, warning the public to "Tell Washington, no Iran nuclear deal without congressional approval, before it's too late." 

The screen flashes numbers to the White House and the Capitol, before the van — now on the roof of a parking lot — explodes. 

Progressives slammed the ad online, calling it "war mongering." According to IJReview, major news networks refused to run the ad during their Sunday morning shows, with the execption of Fox News. 

 

But the ad, which reportedly cost $500,000, is only the latest volley in Congress's fight to weigh in on any Iran nuclear deal reached by the Obama administration. 

Last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellDC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Overnight Energy: California, 23 other states sue Trump over vehicle emissions rule | Climate strike protests hit cities across globe | Interior watchdog expands scope of FOIA investigation | Dems accuse officials of burying climate reports Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Zuckerberg to 'cooperate' on antitrust probes | Dems see victory after McConnell backs election security funds | Twitter takes down fake pro-Saudi accounts MORE (R-Ky.) backed off on a decision to hold a Tuesday vote on a bill that would delay the implementation of any deal for 60 days and give Congress time to review and vote on it, after Democrats said they would withhold their support before March 24. 

That's the deadline by which international negotiators have said they will reach a framework agreement. (The administration has calculated that deadline to be March 31). 

The bill, introduced by Sens. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerTrump announces, endorses ambassador to Japan's Tennessee Senate bid Meet the key Senate player in GOP fight over Saudi Arabia Trump says he's 'very happy' some GOP senators have 'gone on to greener pastures' MORE (R-Tenn.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezAs NFIP reauthorization deadline looms, Congress must end lethal subsidies Senate Democrats warn Trump: Don't invite Putin to G-7 Pelosi warns Mnuchin to stop 'illegal' .3B cut to foreign aid MORE (D-N.J.), would also prevent the deal from being implemented if Congress decides to vote on and disapproves of the bill.