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Republican presidential candidates tore into the Iran nuclear deal Tuesday in the hours after the agreement was announced.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, lashed out against the deal's national security implications for the United States and at President Barack Obama for "giving concessions to a regime that has American blood on its hands."

 

 

 

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz also said Congress would have to step up.

 

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called the deal “America’s worst diplomatic failure.”

 

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said “shame on” the Obama administration for making the deal. He further vowed to stand with Israel as president.

 

During a press conference on Capitol Hill, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed support for the deal.

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Congress should oppose the deal and said Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton "should be a voice of reason" and oppose it as well.

"While Secretary Clinton has been the architect of President Obama’s foreign policy, she can do the right thing and prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon and oppose this deal," Jindal said.

He ripped Obama for seeming "more concerned with reaching a deal irrespective of the terms. The result is now a dangerous deal that has put Iran on a path to obtaining a nuclear weapon, depleted America’s military strength in the Gulf, and made Israel less safe. And that certainly makes us less safe here at home.”

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Obama "should have walked away."

"Iran joins the sad list of countries where America's red lines have been crossed. The president is playing a dangerous game with our national security, and the deal as structured will lead toa nuclear Iran, and then, a nuclearized Middle East," Christie said in a statement.

 

Ex-Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina reacted on CBS News by saying Iran "has demonstrated bad behavior for 30 years."

"We know they have been trying to cheat on this deal," she said. "We know they have been funding proxies with a strategic objective of destabilizing the region. We know that when sanctions are lifted, they’ll have more money to fund those same proxies."

 

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush criticized the deal appeasement.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry further blasted the deal as a diplomatic failure.

Former New York Gov. George Patkai said the deal is part of a failed Obama foreign policy.

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