Iran Looms Large in Campaign

Iran is the new Iraq on the stump
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 26, 2007 5:11 AM CDT
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama doesn't want Iran sanctions linked to troop levels in Iraq.   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iran is beginning to dominate the campaign rhetoric of White house hopefuls of both parties as Iraq once did, reports CNN. Tough US sanctions against Tehran and growing indications of some kind of military intervention to halt the development of nuclear weapons are being compared with the steps taken in the run-up to the war with Iraq.

Democratic contender John Edwards accused the White House of "saber rattling" in the "march toward military action," and Hillary Clinton called on the administration to use "robust diplomacy"  to end Iran's nuclear weapons program. Sanctions "must not be linked to any attempt to keep our troops in Iraq, or to take military action against Iran," cautioned Barack Obama, while Republican Mitt Romey says he favors military action.