Kaine Claims Clinton Eliminated the Iranian Nuclear Weapons Program

October 4, 2016

Sen. Tim Kaine (D., Va.) claimed that his running mate Hillary Clinton eliminated the Iranian nuclear weapons program as Secretary of State during Tuesday night's vice-presidential debate.

"She worked a tough negotiation with nations around the world to eliminate the Iranian nuclear weapons program without firing a shot–" Kaine said.

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence didn't buy it.

"Eliminate the Iranian nuclear weapons program?" he asked.

He shook his head after saying that.

Kaine didn't let up.

"Absolutely," he said. "Without firing a shot and instead of 175,000 American troops deployed overseas, we now have 15,000."

Even the New York Times rated that an "exaggeration," noting the Iran nuclear deal pushed by the Obama administration does not eliminate Iran's nuclear infrastructure and that Iran, even if it doesn't cheat on the deal, will be able to go after a nuclear weapon in 15 years.

Prior to this, Pence brought up how the Clinton administration accepted foreign donations from other governments during her tenure as secretary of state.

"The Clinton administration accepted foreign contributions from foreign governments and foreign donors while she was secretary of state–" Pence said.

Kaine cut him off and said that he had to weigh in.

"Let me tell you this when secretary Clinton became secretary of state, did you know that Osama Bin Laden was alive?" he asked.

"Yes," Pence responded flatly.

"Did you know that Iran was racing towards a nuclear weapon and Russia was expanding its stockpile?" Kaine asked. "Under Secretary Clinton's leadership, she was part of the national team, public safety team that went after and revived the dormant hunt against Bin Laden and wiped him off the face of the earth. She worked to deal with the Russians, to reduce their chemical weapons stockpile."