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Mitt Romney Rips Ted Cruz's 'Jihadist Stimulus Bill' Comments

2012 Republican presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, went after Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Thursday after Cruz said this in a July 15 Fox News interview "If this deal goes through, the Obama administration will become the leading financier of terrorism against America in the world.” Cruz even added "I've heard this referred to before as the 'Jihadist Stimulus Bill.'"

Romney then tweeted: "I am opposed to the Iran deal, but @SenTedCruz is way over the line on the Obama terrorism charge. Hurts the cause."

Not one to back down, Ted Cruz stood by his comments after the Obama administration criticized him on Monday. The nuclear deal — struck earlier this month among the US, Iran, and other world powers — grants billions of dollars of sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear ambitions.

Cruz is just one of many Republicans who hope to defeat the agreement, along with many Democrats. Cruz argues that Iran will use the cash windfall to sponsor terror in Yemen, Lebanon and Syria. In a Thursday radio interview, the outspoken Ted Cruz said "So Mitt Romney's tweet today said, 'Gosh, this rhetoric is not helpful. John Adams famously said, 'Facts are stubborn things.' Describing the actual facts is not using rhetoric; it is called speaking the truth."

Cruz then harkened back to a critical moment during the 2012 presidential race by saying:

"Part of the reason that Mitt Romney got clobbered by Barack Obama is because we all remember that third debate where Barack Obama turned to Mitt and said, 'I said the Benghazi attack was terrorism and no one is more upset by Benghazi than I am.' And Mitt, I guess listening to his own advice, said, 'Well gosh, I don't want to use any rhetoric. So okay, never mind. I'll just kind of rearrange the pencil on the podium here.'"

He observantly added that candidates will fail like Romney did if they opt for silence.

Photo: Matthew Reichbach, Twitter

Romney says Cruz was wrong to charge the Obama Administration with aiding or financing terrorists.

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