With a nuclear deal struck between Iran and a group of countries aligned with the United States, Hillary Clinton faces a dilemma: back her president or keep her options open with the voters.
As the Democratic hopeful shies away from directly criticizing the foreign policy of the president she served under as secretary of state, she also wants to avoid alienating the pro-Israel community, which is intensely skeptical of the deal. Jewish Americans vote predominantly Democratic.
Hours after the nuclear deal was publicized, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came out in strong opposition, saying that it would make the world "a much more dangerous place than it was yesterday." Following Netanyahu's remarks, numerous Republican leaders also condemned the agreement.
"The leading international powers have bet our collective future on a deal with the foremost sponsor of international terrorism," Netanyahu said. "They've gambled that in ten years' time, Iran's terrorist regime will change while removing any incentive for it to do so. In fact, the deal gives Iran every incentive not to change."
President Obama in turn has said that the deal will help bring peace to the region, and he has threatened to veto any congressional efforts to block it. Clinton's tentative support for the deal positions her in line with the Democratic Party, but also gives her some wiggle room to distance herself from the deal if things go sour.
Clinton called the deal "worthy of support" and "an important step that puts the lid on Iran's nuclear programs" while speaking with the press on Tuesday.
In the past, Clinton hasn't been such a strong advocate of talks with Iran. During 2008 debates, Clinton threatened to destroy Tehran if they used nuclear weapons against Israel, whereas Obama said he would meet Iran's leader without preconditions to begin negotiations. Today, many view Clinton as having responsibility for the outcome of the Iran talks because of her role in the negotiations.
While serving as Obama's secretary of state, Clinton and Obama worked together to build the coalition and sanctions that brought Iran to the negotiating table. Last year, the State Department built support for the United Nations sanctions against Iran, supporting Obama's plan to force Teheran to negotiations.
In her remarks following Tuesday's announced deal, Clinton also claimed she supports "core elements" of the Iran nuclear and will meet with former secretaries of state and defense to discuss the agreement before pledging her full support. New York Democratic Rep. Steve Israel added that Clinton criticized former President George W Bush's handling of Iran, stating that under his leadership Iran acquired greater nuclear capabilities.
Lawmakers have 60 days to review the deal and vote on it, but with Obama's veto threat, the GOP will need two-thirds majorities in both houses to override the veto and stop it.