U.S. Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) focused on national security at a Raleigh luncheon Thursday afternoon. The 20-year veteran of Congress has ascended to Chairman of the Intelligence Committee. He has spent this week in North Carolina talking to donors and constituents. Among the topics were:
- The proposed nuclear deal with Iran:
"I don't think the American people are for this. I think the opposition will continue to grow. And I think that over time if this happens this will be looked at as a foreign policy disaster - of this administration."
- A loaded field of candidates seeking the GOP nomination, though Burr didn't share his current pick:
"It assures me of one real important thing - whoever becomes our nominee will be the most tested candidate who has ever run for the office."
- The lack of a big-name Democratic challenger to emerge in an attempt to unseat the two-term incumbent:
"There's not a pool of state wide candidates at any one of the races, that's indicative of the change at the General Assembly and the fact that effects then ones bench strength. From the standpoint of the United State Senate make no mistake about it, every report that has looked at senate races in the county says that the most competitive races for the last 30 years have been North Carolina. I'll have an opponent; it will be a formidable opponent. It may come later, maybe that gives me an advantage from the standpoint of what we're able to do."
As for the proposed deal with Iran, Burr said the Senate is working to conjure up enough votes to override an anticipated veto from President Obama next month. The Winston-Salem native served 10 years in the House before his current stint in the Senate.