Nashua, N.H. Marco Rubio told a crowd of Republicans in New Hampshire Friday that President Obama should "never have entered into these negotiations" with Iran over nuclear weapons. The Florida Republican who is running for president told the conference, sponsored by the New Hampshire GOP, that a nuclear armed Iran is "unacceptable."
Responding to a question from the audience, Rubio explained how the U.S. and international sanctions regime had been working on the Islamic republic, devastating Iran's economy to the point that Tehran seemed ready to negotiate. But, the senator said, there was a catch. "They knew as soon as they sat time for the first time that this president wanted this deal worse than they did," Rubio said.
"Our president should have never entered into these negotiations," he added, to big applause. Rubio argued that the stakes of Iran getting the bomb are high.
"We may have to decide at some point what is worse: a military strike against Iran and a nuclear armed Iran. I am not cheerleading for war. I don’t want there to be the need to use military force. But a nuclear Iran is an unacceptable risk for the region and the world," he said.
Michael Warren is a staff writer at The Weekly Standard. He is 2012 Robert Novak journalism fellow, and he has written for the Washington Times, National Review Online, City Journal, and the Washington Examiner. He has also appeared on CNN and C-SPAN.