Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney on Sunday warned an 11-year-old boy that the world would be one step closer to nuclear war if President Barack Obama was allowed another term in office.
“If Barack Obama gets re-elected, Iran will have a nuclear weapon and the world will change if that’s the case,” the former Massachusetts governor told a crowd in Snellville, Georgia.
“This president failed to speak out when the dissidents took the streets in Tehran, he had nothing to say,” Romney declared. “This is a president who has failed to put in place crippling sanctions against Iran. He’s also failed to communicate that military options are on the table and in fact in our hand. And that it’s unacceptable to America for Iran to have a nuclear weapon. I will have those military options, I will take those crippling sanctions and put them in place, and I will speak out to the Iranian people about the peril of them becoming nuclear.”
During a CNN debate last month, the candidate went one step further, stating that nuclear weapons would definitely be used if Obama wins in November.
“We must not allow Iran to use a nuclear weapon. If they do, the world changes and someday nuclear weaponry will be used. If I’m president, that will not happen. If we re-elect Barack Obama it will,” he said.
On Sunday, Obama told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) that all the talk of war was only serving to benefit Iran because it was driving up the price of oil.
“Already there is too much loose talk of war,” the president said. “Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government, by driving up the price of oil, which they depend on to fund their nuclear program. For the sake of Israel’s security, America’s security, and the peace and security of the world, now is not the time for bluster; now is the time to let our increased pressure sink in, and to sustain the broad international coalition we have built.”
Watch this video from The Associated Press, broadcast March. 4, 2012.
(H/T: MSNBC’s First Read)