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Dear 5849376,

The result of last month's president election in Iran gives President Obama a potentially game-changing opportunity for diplomatic engagement to avoid yet another unnecessary war in the Middle East.

Instead of electing a hardliner, the Iranian people elected Dr. Hassan Rouhani to become their next president – a man whose campaign included a pledge to "pursue a policy of reconciliation and peace," and who has said he will ensure "constructive interaction with the outside world."

In response, a bipartisan pair of congressmen, Democrat David Price and Republican Charlie Dent, have come together to write a letter urging President Obama to seize this opportunity by reinvigorating our diplomatic efforts with Iran. You can read the full text of the letter below.

These members of Congress have asked their colleagues to co-sign the letter. Already, dozens of their colleagues, including ten Republicans, have done so. But as of this morning, your member of Congress, Tom Latham, hadn't signed on.

Call Rep. Latham and tell him to co-sign the Price-Dent letter supporting diplomacy with Iran. Click here for the number to call and a sample script.

We need to get as many members of Congress to co-sign this letter as possible. A strong showing on this letter will help give President Obama political cover to pursue diplomacy. And the more signers, the more cover that gives the president.

But we won't maximize our opportunity to support diplomacy if those of us who care about this issue doesn't pick up the phone and make a call.

Too many members of Congress overwhelmingly hear from a minority of constituents who want us to go down a path that will inevitably lead to war.

Those of us who care about stopping another absurd, unnecessary and costly war must speak out.

Call Rep. Latham and tell him to co-sign the Price-Dent letter supporting diplomacy with Iran. Click here for the number to call and a sample script.

Thank you for speaking out. Your activism matters.

Matt Lockshin, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

P.S. The full text of the Price-Dent letter reads:

Dear President Obama,

As Members of Congress who share your unequivocal commitment to preventing a nuclear-armed Iran, we urge you to pursue the potential opportunity presented by Iran's recent presidential election by reinvigorating U.S. efforts to secure a negotiated nuclear agreement.

As you know, on June 14 the Iranian people elected Hassan Rouhani president with over 50 percent of the vote in the first round, overcoming repression and intimidation by the Iranian government to cast their ballots in favor of reform. Dr. Rouhani campaigned on the promise to "pursue a policy of reconciliation and peace" and has since promised "constructive interaction with the outside world." As Iran's former lead nuclear negotiator, he has also publicly expressed the view that obtaining a nuclear weapon would run counter to Iran's strategic interests and has been critical of the nuclear "extremism" of outgoing President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

We are mindful of the limitations of the Iranian presidency within the country's political system, of the fact that previous Iranian presidents elected on platforms of moderation have failed to deliver on promised reforms, and of the mixed signals that Dr. Rouhani himself has sent regarding Iran's nuclear ambitions. It remains to be seen whether his election will indeed bring significant change with regard to Iran's relations with the outside world. His government's actions will certainly speak louder than his words.

Even so, we believe it would be a mistake not to test whether Dr. Rouhani's election represents a real opportunity for progress toward a verifiable, enforceable agreement on Iran's nuclear program that ensures the country does not acquire a nuclear weapon. In order to test this proposition, it will be prudent for the United States to utilize all diplomatic tools to reinvigorate ongoing nuclear talks. In addition, bilateral and multilateral sanctions must be calibrated in such a way that they induce significant and verifiable concessions from Iran at the negotiating table in exchange for their potential relaxation.

We must also be careful not to preempt this potential opportunity by engaging in actions that delegitimize the newly elected president and weaken his standing relative to hardliners within the regime who are opposed to his professed "policy of reconciliation and peace." Likewise, it will be critical for the United States to continue its efforts to foster unprecedented international cooperation on this issue so that the international community remains united in its opposition to Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon.

We look forward to working with your administration on this important issue in the months ahead.


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