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Ros-Lehtinen: Obama Tried to Block Sanctions on Iran

Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 12:40 AM

By Stephen Feller

Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) slammed President Barack Obama for taking credit for the Iran sanctions bill she wrote while pandering profusely to Jewish voters in South Florida during the final presidential debate of the election season.

The congresswoman said in an exclusive interview with Newsmax TV that Obama has yet to put into effect the strong sanctions he appeared to champion during the debate, after doing everything he could to fight their passage in Congress.

“It galls me to see President Obama time and time again take credit for the bill that we passed while he did everything possible to stop the bill from becoming law,” she said. “[He] did everything possible to try to water down the tough sanctions. And yet, there he is taking credit for the Iran sanctions law, and he says it has had an effect and he wishes it would have more of an effect. Yeah, me too — if he would implement the sanctions. So not only did he drag his feet, not only did he not want to pass those, not only did he want to weaken them, but now that it's a law he doesn't want to enforce it.”

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Ros-Lehtinen said that “reasonable” voters will recognize Obama spent the debate pandering to the Jews, Israel, and the nation-state’s supporters. The president is aware that he is slipping badly with Jewish voters, who he needs to win Florida.

With polls as they are, she said voters can count on the kind words about Israel and Benjamin Netanyahu to last through the election, but not much after that.

“We have never heard President Obama give such loving words of tribute to Jewish people [and] to the Israeli people as we have tonight,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “And he kept saying it over and over again. . . . After election day, you can count on President Obama reverting back to giving the cold shoulder to Netanyahu, to telling Israel to stop their settlements and force them to make peace with Palestinians, even though the Palestinians do not want to make peace with the Israelis. So, don’t buy that kettle of fish. It stinks to high heaven.”

She added that Obama did not help himself with women either, because when Romney tied foreign policy to the economy, he reminded women that they’ve been hurt by the prolonged recession.

The realities of what has happened during his being in office didn’t “seal the deal” with them, she said, adding that “Obamanomics” have brought down women’s purchasing power, in addition to not helping them with jobs.

“Mitt Romney was able to tell the American public one more time that the Barack Obama presidency has been a financial disaster,” Ros-Lehtinen said. “I know the theme for tonight was international relations but every candidate brought it home to what really matters most to the American public — which is pocketbook issues.”

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