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Candidates Weigh In On Iran Prisoner Releases

Republican candidates praise the prisoners’ freedom, but largely condemn the deal as emboldening Iran.

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Zach Montellaro
Jan. 19, 2016, 9:08 a.m.

Pres­id­en­tial can­did­ates on both sides of the aisle weighed “in on the pris­on­er swap with Ir­an that was ne­go­ti­ated ahead of fi­nal­iz­a­tion of the U.S.-Ir­an nuc­le­ar deal.”

Sen. Marco Ru­bio (R-FL) said he was happy for the fam­il­ies, but also said Amer­ica “shouldn’t be in­volved in swaps. … The fact of the mat­ter is that this tells us everything we need to know about the Ir­a­ni­an re­gime — that they take people host­age in or­der to gain con­ces­sions.”

Real es­tate mogul Don­ald Trump (R) on the deal: “Now I have to see what the deal is for the four people, be­cause someone said they were get­ting sev­en back. So es­sen­tially, they get 150 bil­lion plus sev­en, and we get four. Doesn’t sound too good. … I am happy they are com­ing back, but it is a dis­grace they have been there this long, a total dis­grace.”

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said, “we don’t know the de­tails of the deal that is bring­ing them home, and it may well be there are some very prob­lem­at­ic as­pects to this deal.”

Former Sec­ret­ary of State Hil­lary Clin­ton (D) “struck a more up­beat tone about the re­lease and the nuc­le­ar treaty’s im­ple­ment­a­tion, which she noted she helped pave the way for. But, in a state­ment, she said ‘we shouldn’t thank Ir­an for the pris­on­ers or for fol­low­ing through on its ob­lig­a­tions,” while Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) said in a state­ment that it “shows that dip­lomacy can work even in this volat­ile re­gion in the world.” (USA Today)

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