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10-01-2016 LSU Pregame

Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth supports Iran nuclear deal

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Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth supports Iran nuclear deal

Duckworth says she spent “many hours” reviewing the deal and receiving briefings before making her decision

Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth supports Iran nuclear deal

CHICAGO (AP) – Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth says she’ll support the Iran nuclear deal despite “serious concerns” about threats to Israel.

The 2016 U.S. Senate candidate said in a statement Wednesday the agreement is imperfect. But she says it gives the U.S. and its allies “the most realistic and effective course of action currently available to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program.”

Duckworth is looking to unseat Illinois Republican Sen. Mark Kirk, one of the most vocal opponents of the agreement.

Duckworth’s rivals have criticized her in recent weeks for not taking a position. Democrat Andrea Zopp, the former CEO of the Chicago Urban League, supports the agreement. She said Duckworth’s delay showed a lack of leadership.

Duckworth says she spent “many hours” reviewing the deal and receiving briefings before making her decision.

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