Economist, syndicated columnist, radio host, and television personality Larry Kudlow is so concerned about the ramifications of the Iran deal that he’s threatening to run against Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., if he votes for it.
“If Sen. Richard Blumenthal votes with Obama on Iran, I’m going to run against him,” Kudlow told Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., on his radio show Saturday.
“I’m not a political guy — I’m an economist, I’m a broadcaster by profession — but I’m so angry at this issue, among others,” he added. “We’re talking about world security, national security — they’re coming to get us and Iran will finance them.”
“I may lose,” Kudlow admitted. “It’s a long-shot. I’m not a politician. I’ll take on Blumenthal if I have to.”
Blumenthal is among the 13 Senate Democrats who have yet to announce a position on the deal, which even opponents admit is likely to go into effect. Some analysts suspect that he may be willing to break ranks and vote to kill the deal.
Kudlow said that he had been approached by the National Republican Senatorial Commission, which has “polled” about him.
People everywhere should pledge to run against lawmakers who support the multinational nuclear pact, he urged.
“Folks best stand up everywhere and run,” he said. “I’m telling you, citizens’ movement, run against people who support this terrible Iranian deal.”
Kudlow is right that he would be a long-shot candidate. Blumenthal is in a very strong position heading into his bid for reelection in 2016. According to a March Quinnipiac Poll, Blumenthal had a 64 percent approval rating among voters, with 59 percent saying he deserves reelection in 2016.