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The Iran debate follows Marcia Fudge back to Akron
Proponents and opponents make themselves heard in the Northeastern Ohio congresswoman's district

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M.L. Schultze
Congresswoman Marcia Fudge is among the members of Congress who have not yet announced their position on the Iran deal.
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The debate over the nuclear deal with Iran has followed some members of Congress back to their home districts. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze reports that includes Northeast Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge.

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Fudge held a town hall on the southwestern edge of her district in Akron, and was greeted outside by small groups carrying big banners -- for and against easing sanctions on Iran in exchange for Iran promising not to develop nuclear weapons.

Beverly Goldstein says her group opposing the deal – Act for America – is targeting Fudge and other members of Congress who have not yet announced where they stand.

“And bring to them factual material which experts around our country have put together to explain why we believe American got nothing out of this deal.”

Across the driveway at the community center, Norman Robbins argued most experts have the opposite read.

“I think this is as good a deal as we’re ever going to get. And the alternative is, what’s going to happen if we say ‘no?’ The sanctions are going to collapse because all the Europeans are saying, ‘Look, this is our best shot.’”
Among those who were listening to the arguments was Howard Rookard,who says the issue for him is one of timing.

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“From what I understand, it’s 15 days or 15 years. In 15 days if nothing happens, Iran can do what they want to do. Or if they ratify this agreement, we have 15 years to figure out another way to stop them from getting the bomb.”  

The lobbying continues to target other Northeast Ohio members of Congress while they’re back in their districts, including Sen. Sherrod Brown, who has said he’ll support the deal.

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