Clinton to Weigh In on Iran Deal as Trump and Cruz Try to Crush It

NYT FDMAGGIE HABERMAN Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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Good Wednesday morning. The fate of the nuclear deal with Iran was high on the to-do list of lawmakers returning from vacation. But on Wednesday, the debate leaps to the front of the campaign trail as Hillary Rodham Clinton is set to speak to its merits, and Donald J. Trump and Senator Ted Cruz of Texas are holding a rally at the Capitol to tell the expected crowd of thousands what they think about the catastrophic deal.

Mrs. Clinton will give a sweeping speech in Washington on Wednesday on the Iran nuclear deal — the seeds of which were sown while she was secretary of state — and will call for measures “deterring Iran and its proxies,” bolstering allies in the region, and strengthening enforcement to ensure the accord works.
According to excerpts from her speech released by her campaign on Tuesdayevening, Mrs. Clinton plans to say that she supports the deal “as part of a larger strategy toward Iran.”
“We need to be cleareyed about what we can expect from Iran,” Mrs. Clinton is expected to say. “This isn’t the start of some broader diplomatic opening. And we shouldn’t expect that this deal will lead to a broader change in their behavior. That shouldn’t be a premise for proceeding.”
A senior campaign official laid out key points in her speech. Chief among them is that part of the enforcement of the deal should include reaffirming a commitment to Israel, including bolstering support to its defense systems, as well as finding new ways to cut off lifelines to Hezbollah, a militant group in Lebanon with close ties to Iran. She will also call for other enforcement measures, including closely monitoring human rights abuses and other offenses.
For Mrs. Clinton, backing the deal comes with the risk of angering some of her more conservative supporters of Israel who have opposed the accord, and some of her major donors. But the talks that led to the agreement began under her watch, when she dispatched Jake Sullivan, now her campaign policy adviser, to Oman for secret negotiations in 2012. She can claim a piece of the deal’s legacy if it is seen as effective.
And giving a strong speech as she hopes to begin moving past the controversy over her emails could help remind her supporters why they see her as a strong potential president.