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Santorum: "Tragic" Obama Is Making America Less Safe To "Justify His Nobel Peace Prize"

"...Barack Obama is sacrificing the security of our country in order to justify his Nobel Peace Prize that he got before he did anything. That to me is a real tragedy."

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Former Sen. Rick Santorum says President Obama is potentially entering into an agreement with Iran on its nuclear program only to "justify his Nobel Peace Prize."

Santorum was discussing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech to Congress when he made the comments.

"For a long time what the Obama administration was doing in this negotiation was being hidden from the American public," the likely presidential candidate said on the Piscopo In The Morning show on AM970 last week. "[Netanyahu's speech] put a spotlight on the fact that Barack Obama is sacrificing the security of our country in order to justify his Nobel Peace Prize that he got before he did anything. That to me is a real tragedy."

"That you have the president of United States who is gonna put Iran on path to a nuclear weapon either in the short term -- which I believe is the case because any kind of paper agreement by a regime that has never kept a promise on any international agreement isn't worth the paper it's printed on," he added. "But if they'll live up to the agreement they'll be in a position where they can be a nuclear power and that to me is completely unacceptable and I'm so glad that the prime minister came and laid that out to the American people."

The former Pennsylvania senator likewise said if he were still in the Senate he would have signed the letter Republican senators sent to the Iranian government warning them to think twice about entering into a deal regarding its nuclear program with the United States.

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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