Sen. Bob Menendez (D., N.J.) said Tuesday he will vote against the pending nuclear deal with Iran, and will vote to override a presidential veto if needed to help kill the deal, striking a firm -- though unsurprising -- stand against one of President Obama's top priorities.
Menendez, speaking at Seton Hall University in South Orange, said, "if Iran is to acquire a nuclear bomb, it will not have my name on it."
The former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Menendez said the final deal with Iran fell far short of the goals set out at the beginning of negotiations, and will leave the country close to developing a nuclear weapon while lifting punishing sanctions.
“This deal grants Iran permanent sanctions relief in exchange for only temporary – temporary -- limitations on its nuclear program," Menendez said while reading from a more than 6,000 word speech deep on details about Iranian centrifuges, sanctions and Iranian missiles. "We want a deal, but we want the right deal."