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McCain: Iran Poses One of the Greatest Threats

Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) isn't at this debate. But moderator Chris Matthews brought him up in asking Sen. John McCain about the former Senator's statement that Iran has already committed acts of war.

Sen. John McCain
Sen. McCain makes a point during the GOP debate. (AFP/Getty)

McCain didn't take the bait, not mentioning Thompson's name in his response.

"Iran poses one of the greatest threats to the security of the world and the Middle East," McCain said.

Thompson was one of a handful of senators to endorse McCain during his first run for President in 2008 but is now potentially a foe.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called an Iran with nuclear weapons the "worst nightmare of the cold war." Giuliani added a Reagan reference of his own, saying that Iran's president needs "to look at an American president and he has to see Ronald Reagan."

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 3, 2007; 8:28 PM ET
Categories:  Eye on 2008  
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Posted by: anonymous | May 4, 2007 10:35 AM | Report abuse

You might chek it out - I think Texas' 3rd is in play. Mostly Republican, but Sam *Rubber Stamp* Johnson no longer has the support he did. Johnson is getting on in years and his health is a question mark - recall he spent time with McCain in the Hanoi Hilton. His district was diluted considerably to divvy up Martin Frost's old district in the recent redisctricting. His suburban district is decidedly anti-war, while he is pro-war. Johnson could face a serious challenge from another Republican or a centrist, pro-life, pro-gun, Democrat.

Posted by: Heerman, D.D. | May 4, 2007 8:43 AM | Report abuse

It is an outrage that candidates Brownback, Tancredo and Huckabee declared not to believe in evolution and pretend to be electable for president. Anyone of these three anti-science subjects would take this country to medieval thinking of world history.

Posted by: Jorge Moreno | May 4, 2007 8:06 AM | Report abuse

Just imagine, in less than two years now, we could be faced with four more additional years of the same ole same ole. So many choices, so little to choose from.

Posted by: bordersr | May 4, 2007 8:05 AM | Report abuse

the article shows how canidates are up to Reagon

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

the article shows how canidates are up to Reagon

Posted by: Anonymous | May 3, 2007 10:00 PM | Report abuse

Man, the republicans are being thrown the same fluffy questions over and over. It's mostly about proving whether or not they are pro life. It seems the republican party and the republican people are afraid to deal with the critical issues of Iraq and Afghanistan. How lame.

Posted by: tazmodious | May 3, 2007 9:00 PM | Report abuse

I watched a bit of that debate. They all want to be the illegitimate step child of Ronald Reagan and I have heard NOBODY say that they want to follow in the footsteps of George Bush.

Posted by: Ralph | May 3, 2007 8:55 PM | Report abuse

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