Obama urges supporters to lobby for Iran deal

July 31, 2015 04:33

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama on Thursday told groups that support the Iran nuclear deal to make their voices heard to Congress to counter the millions of dollars in lobbying by those who want to derail the agreement.

"Right now the opponents of this deal have been flooding Congressional offices," Obama said on a call with groups including the Washington-based think tank Center for American Progress.

Groups who opposed the deal, such as American Israel Public Affairs Committee known as AIPAC, have spent $20 million in TV ads to put pressure on members of Congress, Obama said.

"They start getting squishy because they're feeling the political heat," Obama said of members of Congress he has met with in recent weeks.

Obama did not thank the groups for any of their support so far, but rather pressured them to step up their efforts.

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