On Friday night, the Romney campaign released in quick succession statements from three Republican heavy hitters hammering President Obama as weak on Iran.
The comments — from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and former Senator Norm Coleman — were made in response to the latest anti-Israel bile to be spewed from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Here’s Cantor, the only Jewish Republican in Congress:
There’s nothing new in Ahmadinejad’s ugly remarks today; he’s been spewing such hatred for years. The Obama Administration wasted precious time during some of those years trying to reason with the ayatollahs and it delayed for too long in imposing sanctions that would truly bite. Now, as Iran marches forward in its race to gain the capability to build a nuclear bomb, we find ourselves in need of strong leadership in the White House. We don’t have that leadership now.
Ahmadinejad’s incendiary comments are just another warning that a fuse is burning and that we need to do everything possible to stop Iran from acquiring the capability to build nuclear weapons that can destroy cities and cause unspeakable horror. Given the Obama Administration’s track record in dealing with rogue regimes, I have many serious concerns about this administration’s Iran policy. Obama’s approach seems to be based on a complete misreading of the intentions of the ayatollahs. And by wasting precious time, his policies have placed the security of the state of Israel in jeopardy. It’s past time for a change in leadership in the White House.
Here’s Coleman, a leading figure in the Republican Jewish Coalition:
With Iran’s continued calls for the destruction of the state of Israel, Israel and the entire civilized world are justified in taking any and all measures to prevent Tehran from acquiring the capability to develop nuclear weapons. The Obama Administration has to be held responsible for its failure to make headway in stopping the Iranians from acquiring the most terrible weapon known to man. Given what is at stake, this is the worst possible moment for weakness in Washington. Yet weakness is precisely what we’ve seen from President Obama.