September 25th, 2012
02:46 PM ET
2 years ago

Clinton: Iran cannot be trusted with nuclear program

(CNN) - Former President Bill Clinton weighed in one of the election's pressing international issues Tuesday saying Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot be trusted regarding his country's nuclear ambitions.

In an interview on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" to air Tuesday at 9 pm E.T., Clinton also addressed domestic politics and the strike by the NFL referees. Regarding Republican nominee Mitt Romney's potentially damaging "47%" comments, Clinton forecast that continuing to defend the remarks will be detrimental to the former governor in the election. And his ruling on the questionable, game-changing call made by a replacement referee on Monday night's prime time football game mirrored that of many observers.

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Asked to respond to the Iranian president questioning why his country cannot have nuclear weapons if other countries can, Clinton, in turn, posed a rhetorical question:

"Why isn't [Ahmandinejad] going for some bigger non-proliferation initiative instead of acting like what he really wants is a nuclear bomb because that will help to get everybody get rid of their nuclear weapons?"

"No serious person believes that," Clinton answered in the interview.

Iran's nuclear program has been a hot issue on the international stage and has proved a significant talking point for candidates' in this year's election. Romney has charged President Barack Obama with a lack of seriousness and consideration for the United States' ally Israel which views Iran's development of nuclear weapons as an existential threat.

The Obama administration has pushed back on their opponent's characterization, maintaining that the U.S.-Israel relationship remains strong.

Responding to a joke made by Romney earlier Tuesday at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York saying "If there's one thing we've learned, a few words from Bill Clinton can do someone a lot of good.." Clinton simply reiterated his prediction that Romney faces a burden in the coming debates.

"I think if he's going to double down on that 47% remark, that will cause difficulties, because we now know the overwhelming number of those people work and have children, and the reason they don't pay federal income taxes is that median income is as low as it was in 1995 now," said Clinton.

Romney made the controversial "47%" comments in a secretly recorded video that surfaced earlier this month and was posted to a liberal-leaning magazine website. The video shows Romney courting wealthy donors at a private fund-raiser in Florida speaking candidly about what he claims are nearly half of Americans who will automatically vote for the president because they are dependent on government, among other contentious remarks that sparked sharp criticism.

And on the Monday Night Football fiasco over a questionable call made by a replacement referee ultimately handing the game to the Seattle Seahawks over the Green Bay Packers Clinton said it was a bad call and Seattle should not have been awarded a touchdown.

"I thought the pass was intercepted," said Clinton of the play by Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate deemed a touchdown though it seemed to many that the Packers defender M.D. Jennings intercepted the ball.

"I thought the defender hit the ground before there was joint possession. And, yes, it means that we need to get the strike over and get more experienced people in there."

Watch CNN's Piers Morgan's full interview with Bill Clinton at 9 pm E.T. on "Piers Morgan Tonight"


Filed under: 2012 • Bill Clinton • Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Once again, Mittens has advised Iran about attacking the US with a dirty bomb, and invested in a Chinese oil company that does most of its business with Iran.

    September 25, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  2. RealityBites

    "Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot be trusted regarding his country's nuclear ambitions."
    Apparently Bill and Obama still doesn't understand how the Mullahs of Iran run that country...

    September 25, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  3. RealityBites

    "If there's one thing we've learned, a few words from Bill Clinton can do someone a lot of good.."
    Actually it was "If there's one thing we've learned, a few words from Bill Clinton can do a MAN a lot of good.."
    As for WOMEN.., well... he's a prev and a liar.

    September 25, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    Why not? We've basically allowed the world's largest corporations to control our government by buying our representatives. If they can have control over nukes by having proxy control over our government, then why should we jsut sell nukes at Target?

    September 25, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. Canuck

    " Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot be trusted regarding his country's nuclear ambitions."

    It is the height of arrogance for the USA to think it is the arbiter of who and who cannot be 'trusted' with nuclear technonlogy.

    September 25, 2012 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. truth hurts

    Wire Palladin, S. F. - Once again, Mittens has advised Iran about attacking the US with a dirty bomb, and invested in a Chinese oil company that does most of its business with Iran.
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    What are you blathering on about now??? Very little that you post makes sense or is coherent. BTW, when is Obama going to attack Iran to prevent them from developing nuclear weapons? Before or after they explode a test weapon?

    September 25, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  7. ObjectiveGuy

    Wish Bill Clinton would tell his little buddy, Obama, that. Obama seems to think it's OK to let Iran continue to develop their nuclear program with nothing more than a slap on the wrist, and at the same time, disrespect our strongest ally in the middle east, Israel. I'm sure it's because Obama doesn't want to offend his people, the Muslims.

    September 25, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Why not? We've basically allowed the world's largest corporations to control our government by buying our representatives. If they can have control over nukes by having proxy control over our government, then why should we jsut sell nukes at Target?"

    Sorry, that should have said "then why shouldN'T"...

    September 25, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. truth hurts

    Canuck
    " Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad cannot be trusted regarding his country's nuclear ambitions."
    It is the height of arrogance for the USA to think it is the arbiter of who and who cannot be 'trusted' with nuclear technonlogy.
    ==========================================================================================

    Then you would have no problem with the USA or Israel nuking Iran if they develop a nuclear bomb and drop it on Israel?
    Yeah, sounds like a real good plan. Dumb Canuck....

    September 25, 2012 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "It is the height of arrogance for the USA to think it is the arbiter of who and who cannot be 'trusted' with nuclear technonlogy."

    No kidding...everyone knows it's not the US people, but the corporate masters of the universe who are supposed to make those decisions.

    September 25, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. jackthegeek

    Clinton is absolutely correct and he should advise his comrade Obama to do something preventive now on Iran's nuclear bomb ambition. It could have been okay If Iran's leader is not a lunatic to acquire nukes, but he already made threatening statements against Israel.

    September 25, 2012 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. imsickofitall

    "It is the height of arrogance for the USA to think it is the arbiter of who and who cannot be 'trusted' with nuclear technonlogy."...how amusing...pray tell who does the world call on to join every battle to stop every dictator engaged in genocide? France? Russia? Canada (ok I just put that in to be funny).

    September 25, 2012 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  13. Thurston Howell and Lovie Howell

    There is no defense from Romney on the 47% comment. During the 1950's my family needed help when my father was ill. When he recovered his health and could work our family produced a nurse, 2 teachers, a small business owner, a social worker a police officer and yes a politican. We were not irresponsible but a large family with a stay at home that needed help.

    September 25, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. kayla

    i love the standing ovation the president got at the clinton initiative. way to go president obama, you are the man for this century.

    September 25, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |