First the Dems:
“I would not have extended an invitation to give President Ahmadinejad another platform for his hateful rhetoric. Adolph Hitler was the worst mass murderer in the history of the world, and Ahmadinejad’s denial of his crimes is offensive to Jews, to Americans, and to all people of goodwill. But this is America, and we should never be afraid to confront the ranting lies of dictators like Ahmadinejad with the power of truth and the strength of our own values. What Ahmadinejad will learn while he’s here is that America is united in rejection of his hateful views, and in opposition to the Iranian government’s support of terrorism and pursuit of nuclear weapons.”
John Edwards and Hillary Clinton:
Clinton said she ” would not have invited” Ahmadinejad to speak if she were a university president. But she said she does not express an opinion about the decision made by Columbia.
Former Sen. John Edwards, a Democrat, also criticized Obama’s vow to meet with Ahmadinejad and other leaders.
“In the case of a leader like Ahmadinejad, Kim Jong Il, Hugo Chavez, any of these leaders, you’d have to be extraordinarily careful that they would not use such a meeting for PR purposes or for propaganda purposes,” he said.
Edwards characterized Ahmadinejad’s positions as “abhorrent” but said it “is for Columbia to decide whether they want a man like this to be able to speak at their university.”
Now the Repubs:
Fred Thompson released a video statement:
“I have always been proud to stand with the Conference of Presidents and speak out against terrorists and their supporters. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is an enemy of America, Israel, and the entire free world. We should never remain silent when evil makes an appearance.
“We will not allow a nuclear Iran. Period. We will work with our allies and use every tool at our disposal to stop Iran from becoming a nuclear power. That is not a threat. Itâ€™s a promise. Iran is the leading state-sponsor of terrorism, the host of Bin Ladenâ€™s son and other top al-Qaeda leaders, and the supplier of weapons being used to kill American soldiers in Iraq. His promises to destroy America and Israel should not, can not, and will not be ignored.
“It is a sad reflection on the United Nations that the General Assembly and Human Rights Council have ignored these actions and instead focused attention on demonizing the State of Israel.
“You are standing here today to tell the world that Ahmadinejadâ€™s threats and actions have not gone unnoticed by all. I am proud to stand with you.”
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a Republican, also objected to Ahmadinejad’s visit. “Instead of inviting him to speak at the United Nations and Columbia University, I believe he should be indicted under the Genocide Convention,” the candidate said in a statement.
“I still find it astonishing and astounding that Columbia University would welcome the president of a country that has not only dedicated itself to a policy of extinction of the state of Israel, but as he is speaking, most of the lethal and explosive devices are being exported from Iran into Iraq, endangering and taking the lives of brave Americans who are serving. Meanwhile, Columbia University’s belief in free speech does not extend to Reserve Officers’ Training Corps units being allowed on their campus to attract outstanding young men and women to serve in the military.”
I full agree with McCain, it’s sick that they invite Ahmadinejad yet will not allow ROTC on campus. Keep in mind that in Iran, gays are imprisoned or hanged.