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August 4, 2015

Cruz: Iran Might Nuke New York or Los Angeles

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

(Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Sen. Ted Cruz said after the State of the Union address that President Barack Obama’s Iran policy could lead to a nuclear weapon being detonated over a major U.S. city.

“I thought that was one of the most dangerous things in the entire speech,” Cruz said of Obama’s commitment to veto new Iran sanctions as talks continue with the international community. “What I fear is that we’re making the mistakes of the past — the same mistakes the Clinton administration made with North Korea. With North Korea, we relaxed the sanctions in exchange for amorphous promises, and the billions that North Korea received in relaxed sanctions, they used to develop nuclear weapons.

“The risk is unacceptable. When you have the leaders of a nation who have said, among other things, they intend to drive Israel into the sea and wipe them off the face of the map — if Iran acquires a nuclear weapon, the risk is unacceptable that that weapon will be detonated over the skies of Tel Aviv or New York or Los Angeles,” Cruz said. “The results could be hundreds of thousands of innocent lives lost.”

That kind of rhetoric will get attention, with Cruz explaining his case about how the North Korean regime controlling nuclear weapons is less of a threat than Iran.

“What makes this much, much more dangerous than North Korea is, at the end of the day, Kim Jong Un wants to stay in power more than anything else, and for someone that wants to stay in power, deterrence is possible,” Cruz argued, saying the same may not be true of the Iranian leadership.

Cruz did find some areas of agreements with the president; he agreed with Obama on “streamlining red tape and reducing regulations.” But he did go on to mention that the president had “used that rhetoric before.” Cruz also mentioned a program Obama discussed: myRA, which, the president said, was “a new way for working Americans to start their own retirement savings.”

Obama described the program as a new savings bond that would encourage Americans to build a nest egg.

“I am a passionate supporter of anything that enables people to save on their own, to have assets that they own, that they control, that they can bequest to their kids,” Cruz said. “And so, depending on the details, that could be something that he could find a lot of support.”

Cruz was holding court with a collection of reporters in Statuary Hall long after most of his Senate colleagues had departed. Cruz also spoke with a large number of national and regional TV crews.

Asked what one word he would use to describe the speech, Cruz said: “disappointing.” Not surprisingly, he criticized the way the president spoke about health care and economic policy.

“Throughout the entire of the hour-plus-long speech there was no acknowledgment that the Obama economic policies are not working, that they have produced the lowest labor force participation since 1978, that millions of Americans have lost their jobs, have been forced into part-time work, have lost their health insurance,” Cruz said.

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  1. benny

    Jan. 29, 2014
    3:53 a.m.

    think Ted forgot to take his meds !!

  2. Calamity

    Jan. 29, 2014
    8:42 a.m.

    Because ripping America off for 40% of every tax dollar doesn’t make a republican rich enough. Their masters want more. Turn up the fear mongering again

    • geronl

      Jan. 29, 2014
      4:57 p.m.

      The best way to solve that is abolish taxes. But its all going to billionaire Democrats and their business cronies

  3. ThomasThePaine

    Jan. 29, 2014
    9:31 a.m.

    I sincerely hope so. . .

  4. KyleVPirate

    Jan. 29, 2014
    9:36 a.m.

    First of all Iran and North Korea are hugely different countries with the only thing they have in common is an anti American thing that for the most part, the Iranian people do not hate America and its all propaganda from both the Iranian govt and the NK government. Iran has over 80 million people unlike the 15-20 million of North Korea. Iran has elections, albeit they don’t elect the supreme leader but they elect their president and have lively internal elections unlike North Korea which don’t have any sort of elections and are a perpetual dictatorship

  5. tms5510

    Jan. 29, 2014
    11:36 a.m.

    Why people vote for these morons?

  6. hector

    Jan. 29, 2014
    11:42 a.m.


  7. twinsidious

    Jan. 29, 2014
    1:07 p.m.

    ““What I fear is that we’re making the mistakes of the past — the same mistakes the Clinton administration made with North Korea.”

    And Texas made the same mistake as Wisconsin did with Joe McCarthy.

  8. geronl

    Jan. 29, 2014
    4:56 p.m.

    New York or LA? Hang on, Ted… maybe we could compromise with Iran if they promised ONLY to nuke those cities?

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    Feb. 2, 2014
    2:27 p.m.

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  10. Reza Pour

    March 27, 2014
    9:43 a.m.

    What an Imbecile! I can not believe there are voters in our country who still vote for people like Ted Cruz and his mental state of thinking. There are likes of Cruz who have been ruining the relationship of our country with the international communities. Iran and North Korea in one sentence do not make any sense whatsoever. Just the thought of what he stated makes your stomach turn.

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