Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, while in Israel, calls the Iran nuclear deal ''unacceptable.'' Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) United States Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee called on Wednesday (August 19) the Iranian nuclear deal with world powers an "unacceptable deal for a peaceful future." "This does not accomplish anything other than empower a rogue nation, a nation that has shown consistently its intention to wipe other nations, including America, right off the map," Huckabee told reporters in Jerusalem on the second day of his visit to the Middle East. Huckabee, one of more than a dozen candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination, started his Middle East tour on Tuesday (August 18) with a visit to a West Bank settlement. The former Arkansas governor drew criticism last month for comments in which he denounced the Iranian nuclear deal with world powers by saying Obama was marching Israelis "to the door of the oven," a reference to the Nazi gas chambers that killed millions of Jews in the Holocaust. Israel has called the agreement a threat to its survival and has urged U.S. lawmakers to reject the deal, saying it would give Iran a "sure path" to nuclear weapons. Huckabee, one of 16 candidates vying for the Republican presidential nomination, made the comments in an interview with a conservative website on July 26. He has been a regular visitor to Israel, where he has been embraced by right-wing politicians as one their country's staunchest supporters.