Ex-president Carter says he would've beaten Reagan if he was 'more manly' against Iran

October 1, 2014 21:18

Jimmy Carter, the former US president, told American television on Wednesday that he would’ve beaten his eventual successor, Ronald Reagan, if he had been “more manly” and bombed Iran.

To mark the occasion of his 90th birthday, Carter told CNBC that his administration could have secured another term in office if he had responded more forcefully to the Iran hostage crisis.Shortly after the rise of Khomeini in November 1979, young Islamist Iranian students overran the US embassy in Tehran, where they held 52 Americans hostage for 444 days. Carter, who was president at the time, severed ties with the Islamic Republic.

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