Santorum: ‘I Will Do What is Necessary to Stop a Third World War’

By Zachary Leshin | December 4, 2015 | 5:06 PM EST

Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). (AP photo)

(CNSNews.com) – Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) said Thursday in a speech at the Republican Jewish Coalition 2016 Presidential Candidates Forum that he was willing to “do what is necessary to stop a third world war” - even if that means destroying Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“I gave a speech in 2006 to the National Press Club saying something that every presidential candidate says now as a matter of rote, and that is we have to define the enemy.

“I did that nine years ago when I was up for re-election in a tough state and I didn't care. Because I saw the threat of Iran, a nuclear Iran,” Santorum told the audience.

“I brought to the floor of the Senate my bill in the form of an amendment to the [defense] authorization bill. And tried to pass that sanctions bill. And I was opposed unfortunately by Secretary [Condoleezza] Rice and by the president [George W. Bush],” said Santorum.

The Republican presidential candidate pointed out that four of the senators who voted against imposing tough sanctions on Iran were then Senators Barack Obama (D-IL), Joe Biden (D-DE), John Kerry (D-MA) and Hillary Clinton (D-NY).

“Joe Biden read a letter on the floor of the Senate that morning of the vote. I fought and we came four votes short. And you want to know four of the votes? Biden, Obama, Kerry, Clinton. They voted against tough sanctions on Iran.

“Six months later, we passed it, but it was watered down. Those, ladies and gentlemen, were the sanctions that brought Iran to the table for negotiations under this president - who quickly turned the tables on himself to concede every point to the Iranians and now put them on a path to a nuclear weapon.”

“The Iranians know who I am,” Santorum continued, adding that "the Sunni caliphate, the first one we've had in 90 years, has identified me as an enemy."

 “I have been out talking about not allowing Iran to have a nuclear weapon for 10 years.

“They know day one, when I say the agreement - that is an agreement between the president and several other countries, not this country and several other countries - when I say that that agreement will be null and void and that we will have a policy that Iran will open up all of their facilities to inspections by the United States and no one else - all of them, military, nuclear, all of them,” Santorum said.

“And if they do not do so and begin the process of dismantling, I will do what is necessary to stop a third world war. I will destroy those facilities.

"Now people will say 'you started a war,' and I would just like to emphasize, no, ladies and gentlemen. By doing that, I will stop a war just as much as Israel stopped the development of nuclear weapons in two other countries.

"It didn't start a war. It stopped a rogue nation from having nuclear weapons, which would start a war."

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