(CNSNews.com) -- Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) vowed during the second GOP presidential debate that if he is elected president, he will “rip to shreds” President Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, calling it “nothing short of catastrophic.”
Cruz made the remark after CNN chief political correspondent and debate moderator Jake Tapper asked him to respond to a comment made by one of the other candidates, Ohio Gov. John Kasich.
“Senator Cruz, Governor Kasich says that anyone who is promising to rip up the Iran deal on day one, as you have promised to do, is, quote, ‘inexperienced,’ and, quote, ‘playing to a crowd.’ Respond to Governor Kasich, please,” Tapper said.
“Well, let me tell you, Jake, the single biggest national security threat facing America right now is the threat of a nuclear Iran,” Cruz replied. “We've seen six and a half years of President Obama leading from behind. Weakness is provocative, and this Iranian nuclear deal is nothing short of catastrophic.
“This deal, on its face, will send over $100 billion to the Ayatollah Khamenei, making the Obama administration the world's leading financier of radical Islamic terrorism.
“This deal abandons four American hostages in Iran, and this deal will only accelerate Iran's acquiring nuclear weapons. You'd better believe it. If I am elected president, on the very first day in office, I will rip to shreds this catastrophic Iranian nuclear deal.”
“Why is that not, as Governor Kasich says, playing to the crowd and an example of you being inexperienced?” Tapper continued.
“Well, let's be clear when it comes to experience. What President Obama wants to do is, he's run to the United Nations and he wants to use the United Nations to bind the United States, and take away our sovereignty,” Cruz responded.
“Well, I spent five and a half years as a solicitor general of Texas, the lead lawyer for the state in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, and I went in front of the Supreme Court and took on the World Court of the United Nations in a case called Medellin v. Texas, and we won an historic victory saying the World Court and the U.N. has no power to bind the United States, and no president of the United States, Republican or Democrat, has the authority to give away our sovereignty.
“And, so, if there's anyone up here who would be bound by this catastrophic deal with Iran, they're giving up the core responsibility of commander in chief, and as president, I would never do that.”
Cruz previously warned that it is “an absolute certainty” that “Americans will die” as a result of the deal, which was announced by the Obama administration in July.