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ICYMI: Sen. Cruz: Obama Administration Cannot Defend A Deal That Will Lead To Iran Acquiring Nuclear Weapons

March 12, 2015

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, spoke about the dangerous repercussions of a nuclear deal with Iran on the "Hugh Hewitt Show" last night.

Below are excerpts from the interview. Full audio available here.

"I think it is revealing that the Obama Administration and its defenders cannot defend the substance of this foolhardy deal with Iran. And so they're doing everything they can to distract from it. Last week, all they could discuss was Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech, and their perceived myths of protocol. This week, all they can discuss is the letter, because they cannot defend on substance a deal that will lead inexorably to Iran acquiring nuclear weapons, which poses an enormous threat, the single greatest threat to America's national security, of anything on the globe..."

"They are eager for this to be the signature accomplishment, a rapprochement with Iran, and they view it as a political benefit rather than viewing it through the steely, cold eyes of protecting the national security of the United States, and also standing with, unshakably, with our friend and ally, the nation of Israel. But I think there's a second element. You'll remember several months ago the Jeffrey Goldberg article that had made considerable national news, because it quoted a senior White House official as attacking Prime Minister Netanyahu and using an epithet for poultry manure to describe the Prime Minister..."

"Last year, Khamenei, in 2014, speaking to a large crowd in Tehran, said falsely, America is the greatest human rights abuser on the face of the planet. The crowd responded by chanting in unison death to America. And indeed, every day, or every year, rather, Iran celebrates as a holiday what they call death to America day. That's an actual holiday in Iran. Here, we have Thanksgiving, we have Christmas, we have the 4th of July. Every year in Iran, they celebrate death to America day, which is the anniversary of Iran in the 1970s taking Americans hostage. There is a reason Iran calls Israel the little Satan and America the great Satan. And I believe neither President Obama nor his team understand that these are theocratic zealots whose religious extremism and radical Islamic theology makes the risk of their using a nuclear weapon to murder millions unacceptably high."

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