Hillary Clinton has spent the vast majority of her campaign talking about domestic and economic issues. But on Wednesday, she delivered an entire speech on Iran and stressed she is “looking forward to a robust debate about foreign policy in this campaign.”
As Republican candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz came to Capitol Hill Wednesday to protest the nuclear deal, Clinton forcefully defended the proposed agreement at the Brookings Institution, working to position herself as the adult in the room.
“Here’s how I see it: Either we move forward on the path of diplomacy and seize this path to block Iran’s path to a nuclear weapon, or we turn down a more dangerous path leading to a far less certain and riskier future,” Clinton said, acknowledging that the deal isn’t perfect. “That’s why I support this deal. I support it as part of a larger strategy toward Iran.”
Clinton said that supporting the deal doesn’t mean that she trusts Iran or wants to normalize diplomatic relations with them, adding that she understands people’s skepticism about their motives and calling the country’s leadership a “ruthless regime that has the blood of Americans and so many others on its hands.”
“There is absolutely no reason to trust Iran,” she said.