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GOP Debate: Candidates Weigh In On Iran Deal

| by Ethan Brown

Between the snarky one-liners, on-air squabbles and personal attacks during Thursday night’s first Republican presidential debate, were discussions on abortion, the Supreme Court, and the Iran deal.

During the primetime debate, which featured the top 10 highest-polling candidates in the 17-candidate field, moderator Bret Baier asked the candidates what they would do with the Iranian peace agreement should it pass through Congress if they were elected the next president.

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“I oppose the Iranian deal and will vote against it,” said Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky. “I don’t think that the President negotiated from a position of strength. But I don’t immediately discount negotiations.”

Other candidates were more forceful and direct in their opinions. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he would “terminate the deal on day one,” “reinstate the sanctions authorized by Congress,” and “convince our allies to do the same.”

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee criticized Obama’s recent comments lambasting the Republican Party for not supporting the deal.

“Reagan said, ‘Trust, but verify.’ Obama believes in trust but vilify – trust our enemies and vilify anyone who doesn’t agree with you," Huckabee said. "We got nothing. We didn’t even get four hostages out. Iran got everything it wants."

Prior to the primetime debate at 9 p.m., an initial debate for the lower polling candidates was held four hours earlier. During the 5 p.m. "Happy Hour" debate, the seven GOP presidential contenders also criticized the Obama administration’s stance on Iran.

“I would a whole lot rather have Carly Fiorina doing the negotiations instead of John Kerry,” former Texas Gov. Rick Perry said about the Iran deal.

Fiorina, seen as the overwhelming victor of the first debate, characterized Iran in a negative light.

“Obama broke every rule of negotiation,” she said. “Yes, our allies are not perfect, but Iran is at the heart of almost every evil thing that is going on in the Middle East through their proxy.”

Sources: Times of Israel, Washington Post

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