United States Sen. Bob Corker called Iran the No. 1 sponsor of terrorism in the world. That's one of the reasons he is opposed to the Iran nuclear deal currently being considered by Congress.
"Iran is the No. 1 sponsor of state terrorism and we only recognize three," said Corker on Thursday during a speech to the Rotary Club of McMinnville. "Sudan and Syria are on the list, but Iran is by far the greatest. We're talking about people who are amputating genitals and these are the people marching toward nuclear weapons. We had a boot on their neck and they somehow out-negotiated us."
Corker said the blame can be shared by many nations for the nuclear deal that's on the table. He said he is disappointed with the U.S. administration on this measure, but he said Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China are also responsible.
"Twenty months ago, the plan was to dismantle Iran's nuclear program," said Corker. "All the red lines and goals that were set out have not been accomplished."
Congress is set to vote on the Iran deal in mid-September. Corker said despite his opposition, he believes the deal will pass.
Corker touched on other topics and said he is continually frustrated by America's inability to restore its fiscal health. He said Tennessee serves as a model example of how government should be run.
"We believe in Tennessee if something is important enough to have, it's important enough to pay for," said Corker. "In Washington, we want to have it, but we don't want to pay for it."
Corker said government spending in Washington has run amok. He said he hoped to change that culture but has made no impact.
"I have been there for eight and a half years and I wish I could say it has changed but it hasn't," said Corker.
Corker also answered questions on the banking industry and immigration during his talk. He said we need an immigration solution that includes a path to citizenship, and he feels some of the banking regulations need to be relaxed.