House Minority Whip Eric Cantor released a statement Monday that calls on Mr. Obama to “take a strong public position in the face of violence and human rights abuses.” Cantor suggests the lack of a statement from the president cuts against America’s responsibility “to lead the world.”
John McCain: The United States should support the Iranian people “in their struggle against an oppressive, repressive regime.” He said Iran “should not be subjected to four more years of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the radical Muslim clerics. President Obama should speak out that this is a corrupt, flawed sham of an election and that the Iranian people have been deprived of their rights”.
Barack Obama: “We respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the issue inside of Iran,” Obama said, adding that in the past, America had become a “political football” in the domestic politics of its arch-foe.” “I think that the democratic process, free speech, the ability for folks to peacefully dissent, all those are universal values and need to be respected”.
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