My phone call from “Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran”

By Russ Phillips

Yesterday I received a phone call from “Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran” (CNFI) and was asked, “Do you trust Iran to live up to the agreement?”

The caller said he would report my answer to my Senator, Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and then corrected himself and said Senator Joe Donnelly (IN). He did not mention Senator Dan Coats (IN), I assume, because he has already announced his opposition to the Iran Deal. I informed the caller I was very familiar with contacting my congressman and would register my sentiments directly to them.

Instead of answering the question, I asked several of my own. I wanted to know more about this advocacy group. After several of my questions the caller ended the conversation, still without my answer.

To help me be more informed about the issues on this topic I began some online research.

CNFI is “…dedicated to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability.” (Source)

 Evan Bayh, previously governor of Indiana and served two terms in the U.S. Senate, serves on the CNFI Advisory Board. (Source)

A recent Washington Post article, “Anti-Iran deal groups firing on all cylinders in massive lobbying push,” helps to understand the effort underway to undermine the Iran Deal.

The Historic Deal that Will Prevent Iran from Acquiring A Nuclear Weapon,” as presented by the White House and including a video (4:37) by President Obama addresses some of the most common criticisms of the Iran Deal.

For anyone seriously interested in this matter this is just a start. Best wishes in your journey of discovery.

(Indiana’s) Rokita to seek House re-election, pass on Senate campaign

The Michigan City News-Dispatch
Associated Press
6/10/15

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Republican U.S. Rep. Todd Rokita says he will run for re-election to his current office next year, foregoing a bid for the U.S. Senate seat being given up by the GOP’s Dan Coats.

Rokita is a former Indiana secretary of state who first won election in the state’s 4th Congressional District in 2010. He said Wednesday that many people had encouraged him to enter the Senate race, but decided he wanted to continue his work as vice chairman of the House Budget Committee.

U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman and former Indiana Republican Party Chairman Eric Holcomb have announced bids for the 2016 Republican Senate nomination, with U.S. Rep. Todd Young also considering a candidacy. Former U.S. Rep. Baron Hill is the only declared Democratic candidate.