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Sen. Mitch McConnell Says He Will Oppose START Treaty

This morning, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell announced that he will oppose the START Treaty, which has been one of President Obama’s top foreign policy priorities. In an interview with CNN’s Candy Crowley on State of the Union, he told Crowley: “I’ve decided that I cannot support the treaty. I think the verification provisions are inadequate and I do worry about the missile defense implications of it.”

He further added: “The McCain amendment yesterday regarding missile defense was defeated, and I know the administration actually sent a letter up yesterday, indicating they’re committed to missile defense. But an equally important question is: How do the Russians view missile defense, and how do our European allies view missile defense? And I’m concerned about it. I think if they’d taken more time with this-rushing it right before Christmas, it strikes me as trying to jam us. I think if they’d taken more time-I know the members of the Foreign Relations Committee spent a lot of time on this but the rest of us haven’t-and so all of a sudden we’re once again trying to rush things right here before Christmas Eve. I think that was not the best way to get the support of people like me.”

Yesterday, President Obama sent a three-page letter to Senator McConnell about START, outlining his views on the Treaty and urging the Senate to make ratification of the Treaty a priority this coming week. Politico’s Mike Allen observed in Playbook this morning that McConnell’s opposition “makes ratification this week a lot harder, but not impossible.”

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