PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Presidential candidate and former Senator from Pennsylvania Rick Santorum blamed Republicans in the Senate for setting up a scenario where they need a two-thirds majority vote to stop a portion of the Iranian nuclear deal.

Santorum told Chris Stigall on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT that President Obama has too easy of a time manipulating Republicans in Washington.

 

“There’s one United States Senator who stood up and said the right things that I agreed with at the time, and that was Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) who said we shouldn’t be doing this, we should demand the President submit a treaty. Republicans who have, in my opinion, Stockholm Syndrome in Washington DC are so afraid to fight their captor, Barack Obama, so afraid to fight their captor, the national media, that they ran and hid and made a deal that made it impossible to stop this deal.”

He called out every Senator except Cotton, including those also running for President, for being complicit in the success of the deal.

“Every United States Senator, every single one of them, every Republican, every Democrat, save one, is responsible for putting this deal on a fast track to get moved forward and putting the bar incredibly high. The President would’ve had to get two-thirds of the United States Senate to ratify this deal. Now, the opponents of just a portion of this deal have to get two-thirds to stop it. It was a complete betrayal of the responsibility of the United States Senate.”

Santorum, an outspoken critic of the agreement with Iran, said it puts America at greater risk of a future terrorist attack.

“This agreement is a complete giveaway to Iran. It will empower Iran to be an even more virulent terrorist state by releasing funds for them to be able to propagate terrorism, not just in the region, but around the world and accelerate their path to a nuclear weapon without any kind of real inspections. It is a huge betrayal of the United State of America and I think anybody who is seriously looking at this, not through the lens of politics, but through the lens of whether it keeps our country safe if going to come to that conclusion.”