Texas Senator and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz stated that President Obama didn’t dispute the substance of his criticism of the Iran deal, but rather, just lobbed attacks on Monday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel.
Cruz “with president Obama it’s all politics all the time. And it speaks volumes that he’s halfway across the globe and he feels the need to attack me directly. And it’s interesting, Sean, he didn’t actually dispute the substantive criticism. So, the point that he responds to there, is I pointed out that under the Obama nuclear deal, over $100 billion will flow to Iran. Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, so much of that money will end up in the hands of…radical Islamic terrorists. And if this deal goes through, the Obama administration will become, quite literally, the world’s leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism. Now, President Obama didn’t dispute that. He didn’t point to any other entity on earth that would send more money to radical Islamic terrorism. He didn’t dispute that billions of dollars and the control of the American government will be used to fund jihadists, who will take that money and murder Americans, murder Israelis, murder Europeans. Instead he simply attacked us.”
He added, “I’ll make an invitation right here tonight, which is I will invite president Obama, at any time and place of his choosing, to debate the substance of the Iran deal. Let’s do it in front of the American people anytime in the next 60 days that Congress has to review the deal. If he’s so convinced he’s right on the substance, I will welcome him anytime.”
Cruz also commented on his accusation that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lied about the Export-Import Bank and TPA, stating, “It is Republican leadership that is leading the effort to kill conservative principles. And the sad reality is Republican leadership, they’re not listening to you and me. They’re not listening to the conservatives who elected them. They’re instead part of what I call the Washington cartel.”
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