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By Jason McLure
Posted: Dec. 16th, 2011
Presidential debates allow voters to hear how candidates differ, and there are few policy differences as great as that between Rep. Ron Paul and Rep. Michele Bachmann on Iran. Take this exchange from last night:
“Without a shadow of a doubt, Iran will take a nuclear weapon, they will use it to wipe our ally Israel off the face of the map and they’ve stated they will use it against the United States of America.”
For what it’s worth, Politifact has looked into Bachmann’s claim and rated it “false.”
“I think this wild goal to have another war in the name of defense is the dangerous thing, the danger is really us overreacting.”
Bachmann shot back:
The problem would be the greatest under-reaction in world history if we have an avowed mad man who uses that nuclear weapon to wipe nations off the face of the earth.
Paul, 76, who got some boos from the audience during the exchange, decided to play the age card.
If she thinks we live in a dangerous world she ought to think back to when I was drafted in 1962 with the nuclear missiles in Cuba. And Kennedy calls Khrushchev and talks him out of this so we don’t have a nuclear exchange, and you’re trying to dramatize this, like we have to treat Iran like we’ve treated Iraq and kill a million Iraqis and eight thousand some Americans have died since we’ve gone to war, you cannot solve these problems with war.