Kentucky senator Rand Paul avoided directly answering whether or not the United States could “live with” a nuclear Iran, while saying that his “foreign policy is right there with what came out of Ronald Reagan.”
Pressed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl in an interview airing on This Week to explain his vote against a non-binding Senate resolution to reject a policy of containment of a nuclear-armed Iran, Senator Paul responded:
“I’ve repeatedly voted for sanctions against Iran. I don’t want to have voted for something that’s declared war without people actually thinking through it.”
“Do you think the United States could live with a nuclear-armed Iran?” Karl asked.
“I think it’s a mistake for them to get nuclear weapons,” Paul said.
Karl responded that everyone agreed with that, but could we contain Iran if it did?
“I think it’s not a good idea to announce that in advance,” Paul said. “Should I announce to Iran, ‘Well I don’t want you to, but we’ll live with it’? No that’s a dumb idea, to say you’re going to live with it. However, the opposite’s a dumb idea too.”