2012 Presidential Campaign

Republican candidates disagree over Iran at South Carolina debate

The eight Republican presidential candidates discussed foreign policy at their latest debate in South Carolina in Saturday night, with Iran being top of the agenda. And while they all agreed that something needs to be done about Tehran’s supposed nuclear ambitions, there was little agreement as to what that ‘something’ might be.

Perhaps the most aggressive in terms of staking out the options was Newt Gingrich, who appeared to leave all options on the table. Mitt Romney also sounded pretty tough, saying that an Obama re-election would lead to a nuclear Iran while a Romney victory would result in no nuclear Iran. Ron Paul, meanwhile, dismissed much of this as the kind of pro-war propaganda that led to Iraq and Afghanistan.

There was also discussion of the situation in Pakistan. Rick Perry suggested that the country should perhaps no longer receive US aid, while others – most notably Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum – seemed more wary, warning that the US should remember that its aid money helps improve influence with nuclear countries such as Pakistan.

About Michael R. Gideon

Writer, teacher, dog walker, guitarist, husband, father, reader, journalist etc. I mainly write at 100gf | Politics and Computers, but occasionally at other sites such as TV Vomit and Indie Bookspot. My Google Plus profile.

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One thought on “Republican candidates disagree over Iran at South Carolina debate

  1. Foreign issues seem to be a great point to determine which of the presidential candidates are more knowledgeable, who can develop a better plan, and who are quick and decisive. Too bad for Herman Cain and his 999 tax plan ( http://HermanCainsTaxPlan.com) because he can’t seem to hide behind it when he doesn’t know how to respond to settle nuclear issues in Iran.

    Posted by Ed Thurston | November 17, 2011, 5:50 am

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