McConnell acknowledges difficulty in blocking Iran deal

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky grudgingly acknowledges President Barack Obama has "a great likelihood of success" in his showdown with congressional Republicans on the Iran nuclear deal.

The GOP-led Senate and House are expected to turn down the deal next month.

Obama has pledged to veto such a resolution of disapproval. The question then becomes whether the deal’s foes can muster the votes to override the president.

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In a speech Monday in his home state, McConnell talked about the difficulty of overriding a veto. As a result, McConnell said, Obama likely will prevail.

McConnell later told reporters he’s confident only Democrats will back the president.

McConnell called it a "flawed deal." He said the inspections are flawed and it leaves the Iranians with "threshold nuclear capability."