Iran: War or Diplomacy, and Super Tuesday
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Romney, Santorum, Gingrich and Paul will be on primary ballots and caucus lists in ten states tomorrow. We get a preview of Super Tuesday. Is Romney already inevitable, whatever the results might be? Also, Israeli Prime Minister Netanhayu is at the White House. On the agenda is Iran's nuclear ambitions.
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US and Israel Discuss Iran's Nuclear Ambitions ()
At the White House today, President Obama began a day of meetings with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who's been publicly impatient about preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. As they began, the President told reporters they both "prefer to solve this diplomatically." The Prime Minister said, "Israel and America stand together." Yesterday, at the annual meeting of AIPAC, anticipating criticism from Republicans and hard-line Israelis, the President addressed the issue head on. "Already, there is too much loose talk of war. Over the last few weeks, such talk has only benefited the Iranian government… I do not have a policy of containment; I have a policy to prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon."
- Scott Wilson: Washington Post
- Barbara Slavin: AL-Monitor.com, @barbaraslavin1
- Sheera Frenkel: McClatchy Newspapers, @sheeraf
- Patrick Clawson: Washington Institute for Near East Policy
Will Super Tuesday Settle the Question? ()
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is at the White House today, talking with President Obama about possible war with Iran. Meantime, Republican Presidential candidates are preparing to face off in ten states on Super Tuesday tomorrow. Mitt Romney won the presidential caucuses Saturday in Washington State, but no delegates were picked for this summer's convention. Tomorrow, more delegates will be chosen than in all the previous primaries and caucuses combined. Some top party leaders are falling in line behind Romney, before it's too late to bring the party together. Is it a bad year for Rick Santorum's social issues? Is it time to focus on the economy? With Obama's poll ratings on the rise, does history suggest that the GOP has a better shot at controlling the Senate than winning the White House?
- Chris Cillizza: Washington Post, @thefix
- Paul Beck: Ohio State University
- Ed Rogers: BGR Group
- Stanley Greenberg: Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, @StanGreenberg
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