- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he expects to announce “sometime in the next couple weeks” how he’ll vote on President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran.

The Democrat said Thursday he is continuing to talk with his colleagues, cabinet members who negotiated the agreement, nuclear physicists, diplomats and his constituents in Connecticut.

Blumenthal said his final decision will be “based on conscience and conviction, on the merits and the facts.” He called the vote consequential and the issues complex.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., announced Aug. 5 he’ll support the agreement.

As of Thursday, 26 Senate Democrats had come out in favor of the agreement. With majority Republicans unanimously opposed, Obama needs 34 Senate Democrats to sustain his certain veto of a resolution disapproving the deal.

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