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 GrahamLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Trump circuit court nominee in jeopardy amid GOP opposition The Hill's Morning Report - Impeachment drama will dominate this week 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 McConnellLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Biden not ruling out Senate voting to impeach Trump: 'It will depend on what their constituency says' Congress hunts for path out of spending stalemate 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 CorkerLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Nareit — White House cheers Republicans for storming impeachment hearing GOP senators frustrated with Romney jabs at Trump MORE (R-Tenn.) and Bob MenendezRobert (Bob) MenendezTrump encounters GOP resistance to investigating Hunter Biden Fairness, tradition, and the Constitution demand the 'whistleblower' step forward Isolationism creeps back over America, as the president looks out for himself MORE (D-N.J.), would also prevent the deal from being implemented if Congress decides to vote on and disapproves of the bill.