The Senate will have the 60 votes needed to vote down the Iran nuclear deal, says Chairman of the Armed Services Committee John McCain (R-Ariz.).
“I am confident we’re gonna get to 60,” said McCain in an interview Monday night on “The Hugh Hewitt Show.”
But he said the more difficult hurdle was to get the 67 senators needed to override a presidential veto of that vote.
Republicans will try to pass a resolution of disapproval that would prevent the deal from being implemented. The president is expected to veto that resolution, and a two-thirds majority would then be needed to overcome him.
“The key will be the override of the presidential veto. That’s where we gotta get 13 Democrats,” McCain said.
The president would need 34 Democrats to support the deal and sustain a veto. So far, 18 Democrats back the deal, and one — Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) — opposes it, according to The Hill’s whip list.