NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The Democratic and Republican party front-runners for president differ dramatically on the Iran nuclear treaty.
One supports it; one does not, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Wednesday.
It was a day for tough talk about the treaty. Hillary Clinton, the former secretary of state, said that while she supports the treaty, “my starting point will be one of distrust.”
The Democratic front-runner tried to reassure her Jewish supporters and those who believe the Iranians will try to hoodwink the West that she will not hesitate to go after Iran if it violates the treaty.
“As president, I will take whatever actions are necessary to protect the United States and our allies. I will not hesitate to take military action if Iran attempts to obtain a nuclear weapon,” Clinton said.
Clinton’s support for the treaty came in stark contrast to current Republican front-runner Donald Trump, who attended an EndTheIranDeal.com deal rally in Washington.
“Never ever, ever in my life have I seen any transaction so incompetently negotiated as our deal with Iran — and I mean never,” Trump said.
Trump also released an op-ed piece in which he said he would renegotiate the deal and that he would make sure the Americans held prisoner there are released before he takes the oath of office.
The Iran speeches came as Clinton tried once again to put her use of a private email server at her Chappaqua, New York, home behind her.
“That was a mistake and I’m sorry about that and I take responsibility,” Clinton said.
Meanwhile, Trump also sought to set the stage for the next GOP debate, which will be hosted next week by CNN. He wrote to the network’s president, Jeff Zucker, demanding that all profits from the broadcast go to various veterans groups.
Trump said that ad rates have gone from $5,000 to $200,000, all because he’s in the race.
His exact words were “while I refuse to brag …”