'A Staggeringly Bad Deal': 2016 GOP Field Reacts to Obama's Nuclear Deal With Iran
Tune in to "Hannity," tonight at 10p ET to hear Dick Cheney's exclusive response to the Iran nuclear deal.
President Barack Obama this morning announced a long-term deal to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, and he pledged to veto any legislation that attempts to block the deal.
A few hours later, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forcefully criticized the new agreement, calling it a "stunning historic mistake."
Check out the reactions below from the 2016 Republican presidential field:
Jeb Bush: "This isn't diplomacy - it is appeasement."
The nuclear agreement announced by the Obama Administration today is a dangerous, deeply flawed, and short sighted deal.
A comprehensive agreement should require Iran to verifiably abandon – not simply delay – its pursuit of a nuclear weapons capability.
The clerical leaders in Tehran routinely preach “death to America” and “death to Israel” – and through their acts of terror, they mean it. We must take these threats seriously and should not base any agreements on the hope their behavior will moderate over time.
The people of Iran, the region, Israel, America, and the world deserve better than a deal that consolidates the grip on power of the violent revolutionary clerics who rule Tehran with an iron fist.
This isn’t diplomacy – it is appeasement.
Ted Cruz: This is a "fundamental betrayal of the security of the United States."
Even by the low standards of the Joint Plan of Action, this is a staggeringly bad deal. It is a fundamental betrayal of the security of the United States and of our closest allies, first and foremost Israel.
But thankfully, it is not a done deal. We still have an opportunity to tell the truth about what Prime Minister Netanyahu called today a ‘bad mistake of historic proportion.'
Congress will have 60 days to review it, and the American people will have 60 days to tell their elected representatives just what they think of it. I urge all my fellow citizens to speak out and let their elected leaders know that even if President Obama won’t see it, we know the leaders of the Islamic Republic who lead crowds in chants of ‘Death to America’ and ‘Death to Israel’ are not our partners in peace, and must not be put on the path to a nuclear bomb.
Ben Carson: "A historic mistake with potentially deadly consequences."
The Iran deal announced today with fanfare and another heaping dose of false hope is almost certain to prove an historic mistake with potentially deadly consequences.
A careful review of the 100-plus pages is in order to fully understand the lengths to which the negotiators were willing to stoop to secure a deal at any cost with the world's leading sponsor of terrorism and a regime dedicated in word and deed to bringing death to America.
Without anywhere anytime surprise inspections, a full accounting of Iran's past secret nuclear arms pursuits, elimination of Iran's uranium stockpiles and the lifting of any sanctions only upon verification of Iranian compliance, this is not a good deal, but a recipe for disaster and the first fateful step toward a frenzied nuclear arms race in the Middle East.
Scott Walker: "Will be remembered as one of America's worst diplomatic failures."
President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran will be remembered as one of America's worst diplomatic failures.
I call on all congressional leaders and presidential candidates, including Secretary Clinton, to repudiate this agreement. Iran’s Supreme Leader should know that a future American president will not be bound by this diplomatic retreat. Undoing the damage caused by this deal won’t be easy. But when the United States leads, and has a president who isn’t eager to embrace Iran, the world will follow.
Marco Rubio: The president made "concession after concession to a regime that has American blood on its hands."
Based on what we know thus far, I believe that this deal undermines our national security. President Obama has consistently negotiated from a position of weakness, giving concession after concession to a regime that has American blood on its hands, holds Americans hostage, and has consistently violated every agreement it ever signed.
I expect that a significant majority in Congress will share my skepticism of this agreement and vote it down. Failure by the President to obtain congressional support will tell the Iranians and the world that this is Barack Obama’s deal, not an agreement with lasting support from the United States. It will then be left to the next President to return us to a position of American strength and re-impose sanctions on this despicable regime until it is truly willing to abandon its nuclear ambitions and is no longer a threat to international security.
Mike Huckabee: "Shame on the Obama administration..."
Shame on the Obama administration for agreeing to a deal that empowers an evil Iranian regime to carry out its threat to 'wipe Israel off the map' and bring 'death to America.'
John Kerry should have long ago gotten up on his crutches, walked out of the sham talks, and went straight to Jerusalem to stand next to Benjamin Netanyahu and declared that America will stand with Israel and the other sane governments of the Middle East instead of with the terrorist government of Iran.
As president, I will stand with Israel and keep all options on the table, including military force, to topple the terrorist Iranian regime and defeat the evil forces of radical Islam.
Donald Trump: "Iran gets everything and loses nothing."
The Obama Administration’s agreement with Iran is very dangerous.
Iran developing a nuclear weapon, either through uranium or nuclear fuel, and defying the world is still a very real possibility. The inspections will not be followed, and Iran will no longer have any sanctions. Iran gets everything and loses nothing.
Every promise the Obama Administration made in the beginning of negotiations, including the vow (made at the beginning of the negotiations) to get our great American prisoners returned to the U. S. has been broken. This is a bad deal that sets a dangerous precedent.
This deal sets off a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, which is the most-unstable region in the world. It is a horrible and perhaps catastrophic event for Israel.
Furthermore, we should have kept the billions of dollars we have agreed to pay them. Any great dealmaker would know this is a perfect example of “tapping along” and because they have been unchecked for so long throughout this extremely lengthy process, I guarantee they are much closer to producing a nuclear weapon than they were at the start of negotiations.
The fact is, the US has incompetent leaders and even more incompetent negotiators. We must do better for America and the world. We have to Make America Great Again.
Chris Christie: President Obama "should have walked away."
After two years of humiliating concessions by President Obama, he has made his deal with Iran. He should have walked away. Iran joins the sad list of countries where America’s red lines have been crossed. The president is playing a dangerous game with our national security, and the deal as structured will lead to a nuclear Iran and, then, a nuclearized Middle East.
The deal threatens Israel, it threatens the United States, and it turns 70 years of nuclear policy on its head. I urge Republicans and Democrats in Congress to put aside politics and act in the national interest. Vote to disapprove this deal in numbers that will override the President's threatened veto.
Rand Paul: the deal is "unacceptable" and I will vote against it.
Bobby Jindal: Congress, Hillary Clinton should "oppose this dangerous deal."
Congress should oppose this dangerous deal. Secretary Clinton should be a voice of reason and oppose this deal. While Secretary Clinton has been the architect of President Obama’s foreign policy, she can do the right thing and prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and oppose this deal.
Lindsey Graham: This guarantees Iran will become a "nuclear nation."
I think this is such a bad deal, it'd be hard to muster 20 votes [in the Senate]. Because what the president has done, [is] he's taken the world's most destabilizing power, one of our chief antagonists - [Iran] killed hundreds of Americans in Iraq - and he's guaranteed that they're going to become a nuclear nation. Instead of dismantling it, this deal locks in their nuclear program.
Carly Fiorina: "Bad behavior for 30 years" from Iran.
Iran has demonstrated bad behavior for 30 years. We know they have been trying to cheat on this deal. We know they have been funding proxies with a strategic objective of destabilizing the region. We know that when sanctions are lifted, they’ll have more money to fund those same proxies.
Rick Perry: If elected, I will "fully rescind this accord."
President Obama’s decision to sign a nuclear deal with Iran is one of the most destructive foreign policy decisions in my lifetime. For decades to come, the world will have to deal with the repercussions of this agreement, which will actually make it easier for Iran to develop a nuclear weapon.
And Secretary Clinton, who played a significant role in initiating these negotiations with Iran, will have to justify to the American people why she supports allowing a known state sponsor of terrorism to move toward obtaining a nuclear weapon.
As President, one of my first official acts will be to fully rescind this accord.
Rick Santorum: why does Obama think Iran will "all of a sudden change?"
It’s a folly, the idea of negotiating with a government that continues to call for death to America, death to Israel.
Iran has never lived up to any of its treaty obligations. Why do we believe now that they are going to all of a sudden change?
The money is flowing back into Iran, they can better constitute their program, they can better fund terrorism, and they are off to the races on continuing to be a bad actor.
George Pataki: Obama is "rewarding the world's leading sponsor of state terror."
The Iran deal announced today is a colossal catastrophic capstone to the failed Obama-Clinton foreign policy. Rewarding the world's leading sponsor of state terror with billions in funds and the currency of legitimacy is as dumbfounding as it is dangerous.
The accord makes the region and the world less safe and poses an unacceptable threat to our allies and friends especially Israel. ... Congress should act immediately, reject this deal and send a message to President Obama, Secretary Clinton the UN and leaders throughout the globe that America does not reward terror.