After five Americans were released today in a prison swap with Iran, Republican presidential candidates were still quick to criticize President Obama.
This comes days after Republicans turned up the volume on Iran fear-mongering before the President’s State of the Union speech, only to be proven wrong with the release of American sailors just hours later.
What we have seen so far today in their reactions to five Americans being freed amounts to bombastic rhetoric and hand-wringing from Chris Christie, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio.
“After five Americans were released today, Republican presidential candidates were again quick to criticize President Obama, ignoring the recent national security successes resulting from his Administration’s strong foreign policies and smart diplomatic engagement. This, of course, comes days after Republicans turned up the volume on their bombastic rhetoric and fear-mongering at their debate and before the President’s State of the Union speech, which only makes America less safe. These purely partisan reactions make clear they are more interested in scoring political points than in offering responsible ways to enhance America’s national security and maintain our global leadership.” – DNC Press Secretary Mark Paustenbach
THE REPUBLICANS RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT PLEDGED TO END THE IRAN DEAL ON DAY ONE AS PRESIDENT
Ted Cruz Said He Would Repudiate The Iran Deal On Day One. VAN SUSTEREN: “Quick 30 seconds on this Iran deal. You got — your thoughts?” TED CRUZ: “It is catastrophic. If it goes through, it will result in funding terrorism. It will endanger the lives of Americans. It will endanger Israel.” (CROSSTALK) VAN SUSTEREN: “And if you are president, what do you do?” CRUZ: “Repudiate it on day one.” [On The Record, Fox News, 7/14/15]
Rubio Said He Would “Absolutely” Eliminate The Iran Deal During The First Day Of His Presidency. BAIER: “Would President Rubio do that?” RUBIO: “Absolutely. And I said so today at the hearing.” [Special Report, Fox News, 7/23/15]
MULTIPLE GOP CANDIDATES OPPOSED NEGOTIATING WITH IRAN AT ALL…
Jeb Bush On Iran: “We Shouldn’t Be Negotiating At All.” “On the Iran deal, [Jeb Bush] was his most emphatic, saying: ‘Iran has destabilized the region that we’re now engaged in. The net result of this is we’re likely to have proliferation in the region, you’re likely to have an emboldened Iran, not a humble Iran, and you’re likely to have our strongest ally in the region be threatened. So I think this is a horrific deal.’ He argued: ‘This is not in our national security interest. . . .We shouldn’t be negotiating at all.’” [Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, 5/1/15]
Ted Cruz Said The Iran Negotiations Were A Disaster And Called To Withdraw From Talks. “U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement regarding the disastrous nuclear deal the Obama Administration is trying to make with Iran: ‘It is time to acknowledge that the Iran talks have been a disaster. Today I am calling upon former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, under whose leadership this bad deal began, and other Presidential candidates to join me in demanding that Secretary Kerry stop negotiating with this hostile and violent enemy of America and immediately leave Vienna.’” [Press Release, Ted Cruz for President, 7/6/15]
Trump Said The U.S. Should Have Walked Away From Negotiations With Iran. “Walk away from nuclear talks. Increase sanctions. Trump has said that the U.S. is mishandling current Iran negotiations and should have walked away from the table once Tehran reportedly rejected the idea of sending enriched uranium to Russia.” [PBS, 6/16/15]
Kasich: “We Ought To Ratchet Up The Pressure” On Iran Instead Of Negotiating. “‘The prime minister [Netanyahu] said it right; this is a bad deal,’ Kasich said of the U.S. talks with Iran. ‘We ought to ratchet up the pressure’ on Iran instead of negotiating with that country’s leaders, he said.” [USA Today, 3/3/15]
Carly Fiorina On The Iran Negotiations: “I Would Have Walked Away.” STEPHANOPOULOS: “So if you were president today, what exactly would you be doing with Iran?” FIORINA: “Well, I would have walked away because if you can’t walk away from the negotiating table, the other side just keeps negotiating.” [This Week, ABC, 7/12/15]
…AND ATTACKED THE ADMINISTRATION OVER RELEASING AMERICANS IN IRAN
Ted Cruz On The Iran Deal: “It Abandons Four American Hostages In An Iranian Hellhole.” “This Iran nuclear deal is catastrophic. It is the single greatest national security threat facing America. … The second consequence of this deal is that it abandons four American hostages in an Iranian hellhole: Pastor Saeed Abedini; former Marine Amir Hekmati; Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian and Bob Levinson.” [Ted Cruz, USA Today, 9/10/15]
Donald Trump On The Iran Deal: “We Don’t Even Get Our Prisoners Back.” TRUMP: “But look at the Iran deal, you look at these deals. … The Iran deal — we gave them $150 billion dollars we get nothing. … We don’t even get our prisoners back. They have 24-day periods — and, by the way, the people don’t know, the 24 days doesn’t start until a whole procedure takes place. That 24 day can be a longer—” TODD: Hard to wipe away nuclear material in 24 days.” TRUMP: “I don’t know that. And you don’t know that.” TODD: “Scientists tell us that.”TRUMP: “How about their rights of self-inspection? You think that the Iranians are going to give us good self-inspection? I don’t. But with the Republicans, Obama’s a great negotiator.” [Meet The Press, NBC News, 1/10/16]
RAND PAUL, MARCO RUBIO, TED CRUZ SIGNED TOM COTTON’S OPEN LETTER TO IRAN – COTTON HAS ADMITTED TO WANTING TO SABOTAGE NEGOTIATIONS
Paul, Cruz, And Rubio Signed Tom Cotton’s Open Letter To Iran’s Leaders Warning That Any Deal Signed By The President Without Their Approval Would Not Be Valid After He Left Office. “Nearly every Senate Republican has signed on to an open letter to Iran’s leaders warning that without their approval, any Iran nuclear deal signed by Obama will be null and void after he leaves office… The [Tom Cotton] letter is signed by 47 Republican senators, including every member of GOP leadership and all four the the chamber’s potential presidential contenders: Sens. Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham.” [CNN, 3/11/15]
HEADLINE: “Senator Who Organized Letter To Iran Has Said He Wants To Sabotage Negotiations” [Huffington Post, 3/9/15]