Ted Cruz: ‘People Will Die’ if Iran Deal Passes

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz flatly warned Wednesday that “people will die” if the Iran deal passes.

“People will die,” Cruz said during a rally against the deal on Capitol Hill. “Americans will die. Israelis will die. Europeans will die. Osama bin Laden never had $100 billion. He was filled with bilious hatred and, using rudimentary tools, murdered 3,000 Americans.”

But Cruz said the deal grants Iran’s Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, “a theocratical homicidal maniac who hates America every bit as much as bin Laden did,” more than $100 billion as a result of the deal.

“Let me be clear: If you vote to send billions of dollars to jihadists who’ve pledged to murder Americans, then you bear direct responsibility for the murders carried out with the dollars you have given them,” Cruz said. “You cannot wash your hands of that blood.”

Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters during a campaign event at the Stockyards in Forth Worth, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Republican presidential candidate Texas Sen. Ted Cruz speaks to supporters during a campaign event at the Stockyards in Forth Worth, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Cruz also put heavy heat on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), saying they still have the ability to “defeat this deal.”

Cruz said “the clock does not begin ticking until the president has handed over the entire deal,” and since parts have still not been handed over, “the congressional review period has not started.”

As such, Cruz said, “it is illegal for Obama to lift sanctions” on Iran at this point.

“Mitch McConnell and John Boehner can stop this deal if they simply enforce federal law,” Cruz said heatedly.

The Texas senator also warned financial institutions that America’s “lawless president,” Barack Obama, will likely encourage them to lift sanctions before it is legal to do so.

Gladys Santi, of Long Island, N.Y., attends a Tea Party rally against the Iran deal on the West Lawn, of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday Sept. 9, 2015. The rally is expected to be attended by Republican presidential candidates Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
Gladys Santi, of Long Island, N.Y., attends a Tea Party rally against the Iran deal on the West Lawn, of the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2015. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

“[That] does not exempt you from the legal obligation to follow the law,” Cruz said. “And there will come a president who is not named Barack Obama!”

Cruz said the if the deal goes through, “the single-most important issue in 2016 will be stopping Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon.”

“And any commander in chief worthy of defending this nation should be ready to stand up … and rip to shreds this catastrophic deal,” Cruz concluded. “No more talk. No more show votes. Get it done. Stop this deal!”