BOSTON HERALD: Rick Perry in N.H.: Obama ‘making an error’ on Iran nuke deal As originally appearing in The Boston Herald
by CHRIS CASSIDY
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Former Texas governor and potential 2016 White House contender Rick Perry today defended his decision to sign on to a GOP Senate letter aimed at thwarting a nuclear deal with Iran.
“I’m not a United States senator, but I signed that letter,” said Perry. “Because I happen to believe there are some things that are too important not to find compromise on. Allowing Iran to get its hands on a nuclear weapon is non-negotiable in my opinion, and I think the president is making an error. … There are places out there that are so important that we can’t compromise our principles.”
Perry was fielding a question from an audience member about the Iran letter, after he had rattled off accomplishments in Texas he said proved he can work with Democrats — in contrast to what he described as the dysfunction in Washington, D.C.
Senate Republicans addressed the letter to the “leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran” and warned that Congress could dismantle any agreement the country signs with President Obama. The Obama administration has argued the letter could undercut diplomacy, and Secretary of State John Kerry has called it an unprecedented attempt to interfere with the president’s foreign policy efforts.
But Perry called Iran “equal opportunity funders” of both Shiite and Sunni efforts in the Middle East intended to “wipe Israel off the face of the earth.”
“I’m sorry but I cannot accept that as a place where I’m going to compromise,” he said.
The failed 2012 presidential contender spoke to a business crowd at a “Politics and Eggs” event this morning hosted by the New England Council and St. Anselm College.
At the end, he vowed, “I will be back.”
His Granite Stare schedule packs nine events into two days, including a business roundtable in downtown Concord and a town hall in Gorham later today. More events are slated for tomorrow.
The Herald reported today that fellow GOP contenders former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker are planning to hit New Hampshire tomorrow for separate two-day trips.
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