An analysis by POLITICO predicts that the Iran deal will be a major point of contention between Senatorial hopefuls in the 2016 races, especially in the Keystone State. Toomey has been one of the deal’s most vocal critics, while Sestak emerged as an unexpected early supporter. McGinty, the former Wolf staffer who is running against Sestak for the Democratic nomination, has yet to take a position.
Toomey, Sestak, and others are calling McGinty out for her indecision. Sestak said that it’s inexcusable for any Senate candidate not to have taken a stance.
“Read the agreement,” he said. “Those who are running for an office that has anything to do with this [nuclear agreement] should have a position on this by now.”
McGinty’s campaign declined to directly engage with Sestak’s criticisms.
“On this critical issue, Katie, like [Democratic] Sen. [Bob] Casey and others, is carefully assessing the impact of the proposed agreement on the nation’s security. While some Republicans are using this issue to score political points, Democrats need to remain focused on the facts and what is best for the country,” said McGinty campaign manager Mike Mikus.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee is singling out Democratic candidates who are undecided on the issue. According to POLITICO, McGinty is one of four Democratic hopefuls who are on their “hit list,” along with Rep. Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, Catherine Cortez Masto in Nevada and Gov. Maggie Hassan in New Hampshire.
“Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran is a defining national security issue. Any serious candidate running for office should have to answer if they support this nuclear deal that threatens our national security,” said NRSC spokeswoman Andrea Bozek.
Senate Democrats have been steadily emerging in support of the deal. A source told POLITICO that national Democrats are providing Senate candidates with information about the deal but are not leaning on them to back it.