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US Republican Presidential Candidates Promise Hard Line on Iran

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, March 6, 2012.
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) policy conference in Washington, March 6, 2012.

Republican presidential candidates are lashing out at Iran, promising a pro-Israel group they will not hesitate to use America's military might against Tehran.

Former Senator Rick Santorum, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich spoke to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Tuesday, as Americans in 10 states went to the polls to vote in the Super Tuesday primaries.

Santorum called for the United States to give Iran a "clear ultimatum" to dismantle its nuclear facilities.  And he said if Iran fails to comply, the U.S. should "tear them down ourselves."

Santorum told the pro-Israel political affairs group a nuclear Iran is a "threat to freedom loving people around the world" and that if Iran gets nuclear weapons, it will serve as a shield, protecting radical regimes and terrorists around the world.

Romney, speaking by a video link, accused Iran of pursuing nuclear weapons to "hold hostage the entire planet," and said in a reference to enemies of Israel " that placating jihadists will never result in peace."

He said the "only thing respected by thugs and tyrants is our resolve backed our power and our readiness to use it," promising to place "multiple aircraft carriers and warships at Iran's door."

Gingrich, also speaking by video link, warned the U.S. cannot keep talking while the Iranians keep developing their nuclear program, saying "the red line is now."  He said that, if elected, he would adopt a strategy to replace the Iranian government by every means short of war.

Gingrich also promised to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the divided city, and a U.S. energy policy that would ensure no U.S. president would ever again have "bow to a Saudi king."

All three also accused President Barack Obama of turning his back on Israel, and chided administration officials for suggesting Iran would not use a nuclear weapon.  

Santorum said there is nothing in the rhetoric from Iran to suggest the country is being run by "rational actors."  

Administration officials have denied the accusations that they do not fully support Israel saying cooperation between Israel and the U.S. in a variety of civil and military affairs has never been higher.  

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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by: Godwin
March 07, 2012 7:38 AM
Here are the real Americans speaking in real American terms in American language to the world. Even though America today harbors many non-Americans who found their way in there one way or another, yet the true Americans understand that America is not complete when Israel is in trouble. America, in defense of democracy, reaches out to Israel - the only true democracy in all of Asia and the Middle East, and this interest must be defended at all costs.

by: dm
March 06, 2012 11:53 AM
wonder if Ricky boy would be willing to send his kids to war. This country cannot afford Iraq II.

by: jose
March 06, 2012 10:38 AM
Meanwhile in their underground mountain fortress the iranians discover that they get one hell of a bang when they combine diet coke and mentos, EUREKA!

by: William
March 06, 2012 10:08 AM
If ron paul became president there would not be enough news to report on since there won,t be any wars to report from and the last damn thing the press is going to do is let there be peace in the world, Thats why they don,t like ron.

by: Gab to Griffin
March 06, 2012 9:48 AM
I don't know EXACTLY what the president should do, because I don't know EXACTLY what is discussed behind closed doors, or the intelligence that is not for public consumption. It appears that this President cannot be manipulated by either the Israelis or the oil rich Countries that we have become dependent on. However, given Israel's history and the Islamic Charters and the stated ambitions that call for the destruction of the Jewish State, Israelis have to deal with these guys.

by: William
March 06, 2012 9:00 AM
Yeah it sounds like the repugnants want to get tough on everyone including the middle class the poor along with the iranians, I know that both parties pander to the rich drying up the social security surplus, I got $300.00 from bush, I know a guy that got $50.000 from bush, Put it this way, Campaign contributions from corporations and the rich are essentially political bribes.

by: CZ
March 06, 2012 7:50 AM
It's sickening how these 3 Republican Presidential candidates didn't even have the guts to confront Rush Limbaugh, but they're all gung-ho to get more American service people killed and maimed and spend a few hundred billion taxpayer dollars on another no-win war. They sure know how to act tough when someone else is paying the price, don't they?

by: Buddy
March 06, 2012 7:35 AM
True, but you forgot to mention Ron Paul the stanch anti-interventionist whom has received more donations from active duty then the other 3 combined!

by: ranger 1
March 06, 2012 7:32 AM
It is easy to say you would go to war with Iran when your are not in office......it is not so easy when you are actually in charge of starting another war in the Middle East. Can the US afford another war? Can our relations with the Islamic world stand another war on them. What could be more difficult than deciding the fate of more soldiers and untold numbers of civilians? Nuclear Iran, any different than dealing with North Korea, Pakistan, China or other nuclear powers?

by: Philbert Jamackiewicz
March 06, 2012 7:20 AM
What I hear these Repugnant Candidates saying is that the only way to win the hearts and minds of the Iranians is by spilling their blood and guts. You cannot force peoples to like you, and by trying all you accomplish is them wanting to destroy you. Israel has repeatedly asked us to let them defend themselves, not for us to take care of the bully on the block for them. Non-Intervention is the best course of action when it comes to Iran, ignore them and all of their posturing is useless.
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