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Obama Tells Democrats Iran Deal Odds Below 50 Percent

Durbin said Obama put the odds of a deal with Iran at less than 50-50. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

During his meeting Tuesday evening with Senate Democrats, President Barack Obama put the chances of success on the international negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program at less than 50-50.  

"He said in the course of the negotiations he's been more optimistic, less optimistic. He said that the chances at this point are below 50-50, this week," Senate Minority Whip Richard J. Durbin of Illinois told reporters Wednesday. The Illinois Democrat said that was before Obama received an update from Secretary of State John Kerry, who has been leading the talks in Vienna.  

"I think it's an indication that this is crunch time and that he said he's not going to accept a weak or bad deal. He knows what's at stake here," said Durbin.  

Obama has largely cleared his schedule this week in hopes of getting a deal.

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