Washington (CNN) Texas Sen. Ted Cruz tried out his best Tony Montana impersonation this week in an effort to illustrate his staunch rejection of the Iran nuclear deal.
Speaking to a full room in Houston, Cruz spent much of Tuesday afternoon berating the deal; comparing its element of Iranian inspection to a self-inspecting, fictional, drug kingpin.
“Have any of y’all seen the movie ‘Scarface?'” Cruz asked. “This is the equivalent of law enforcement picking up the phone and calling Tony Montana and saying, ‘Hey Tony, you got any drugs?’ ‘I don’t got no drugs.’ ‘Thank you, Tony.’ That is essentially the Iranian nuclear inspection regime.”
This is not the first time the Texas senator has vocalized his opposition to the deal. In July, Cruz made headlines, claiming that the Obama administration would become “the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism” if the deal was consummated.
Cruz was among the earliest of Republicans to oppose the deal, even before the its terms were announced.
The Republican presidential hopeful lobbied for support from across the aisle, even offering kind words for New York Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer.
“I have been effusively praising Chuck Schumer; something I don’t do often but in this instance he’s doing the right thing and it is my hope and prayer that in the coming weeks we see more and more Democrats who make the decision to put the national security of the United States of America, to put standing with our friend and ally the nation of Israel, and to put the safety and security of millions of Americans above partisan loyalty to the Obama White House,” Cruz said.
Only two Democratic senators have publicly stated their opposition to the deal. With Wednesday’s commitment from Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland, it appears that Cruz’ efforts were too little, and too late. The White House secured the final vote they needed to preserve the deal through a presidential veto.