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Santorum: I'll Bomb Iran If They Don't Dismantle Nuclear Program

"If they do not open them up and begin to dismantle them, each and every one, allow us access to all military facilities, and if they don't, then we will take them out."

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Rick Santorum, who is running for president, said on Tuesday that he would take military action against Iran — specifically a bombing campaign — if the country did not dismantle its nuclear program.

"Number one is we have to take the down nuclear facilities within Iran. Day one, my inaugural address, I will refute the Obama agreement and I will say that the Iranians must open up their facilities," the former senator from Pennsylvania said on SiriusXM radio's Breitbart News program.

"If they do not open them up and begin to dismantle them, each and every one, allow us access to all military facilities, and if they don't, then we will take them out," continued Santorum. "We will take them out through an air and missile campaign. We do not need to put boots on the ground. Just like the Iraq and Syria, nuclear program, where the Israelis came in and took them out. They didn't start a war in either of those cases. They stopped a war in both of those cases. And that's what we will do here."

Santorum said Americans had to come to terms with the apocalyptic nature of ISIS and Iran in order to accept the actions that need to be taken.

The former senator, who won the Iowa Caucus in 2012, has struggled near the bottom of national and early voting state polls.

Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

Contact Andrew Kaczynski at andrew.kaczynski@buzzfeed.com.

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