Bachmann follows Santorum in offering "aggressive posture toward letting Iran know we mean business."
By HILARY LEILA KRIEGER, JPOST CORRESPONDENT
Published: JANUARY 2, 2012 22:53
US Rep. presidential candidate Michele Bachmann 311 (R)
(photo credit: REUTERS/Jeff Haynes)
BOSTON – Republican candidates offered strong words on Iran on Monday – the day before Iowa holds the first vote for the GOP presidential nomination.“We need to have our missile systems capable and ready to deliver. We need to send a very strong signal that the United States is on high alert and we will do whatever it takes,” Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota told The Early Show on CBS.RELATED:Gingrich chokes up in Iowa recalling his motherJewish Democrats doubt Republicans’ Israel support'Paul would stop giving cash to Israel's enemies'“What we need to do is take a very aggressive posture toward letting Iran know that we mean business, that we don’t want them to seek a nuclear weapon,” she said.Bachmann also criticized US President Barack Obama for putting distance between America and Israel, endangering the Jewish state in the face of the threat from Iran.The Islamic Republic test-fired two long-range missiles on Monday and announced over the weekend that it had produced its first nuclear fuel rod, after Obama tightened sanctions on the country on Saturday. Iran has also threatened to close the Straits of Hormuz in light of the sanctions.
Bachmann’s comments followed Rick Santorum’s own harsh comments on Iran on Sunday. The former US senator from Pennsylvania told NBC’s Meet the Press that the message to Tehran should be, “You either open up those facilities, you begin to dismantle them and make them available to inspectors, or we will degrade those facilities through air strikes.”Santorum has seized the momentum in the open and unwieldy political field in Iowa, which will hold its caucuses on Tuesday night, in the US’s first vote for delegates who will choose the Republican presidential nominee.He has been among the candidates vying for the support of Evangelical Christians, who have until now alternated their support among the many staunch social conservatives in the race.Bachmann wooed them first, with a win at the Iowa straw poll in August, but Texas Gov. Rick Perry and former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich have also been leading candidates at various times.
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