Hillary Clinton on Iran

Last Updated : Jan 21, 2011


In early 2007, Senator Clinton spoke on the Senate floor and stated that Iran posed a clear threat to US interests abroad and to the US in general.

During the 2008 presidential race, Senator Clinton refused to state that she would meet with the leader of Iran within the first year without preconditions. She promised a vigorous diplomatic effort and later stated that economic sanctions were a proper form of diplomacy.  

As the election continued, Senator Clinton became more vocal in her belief that Iran must not be allowed to pursue nuclear weapons. She stated numerous times that every option is on the table when it came to ensuring that Iran did not achieve it's goal of building a nuclear weapon. When asked the possible ramifications of Iran attacking Israel with a nuclear weapon, Senator Clinton responded that Iran must understand that if she was President then such an attack would be met with force. She added that the US possessed the means to obliterate Iran. Senator Clinton was criticized during the campaign as being the only Democratic candidate to vote in favor of a resolution with identified the Iranian National Guard as a terrorist entity.


Floor Speech - Nuclear Weapons

In February of 2007, Senator Clinton spoke on the floor of the Senate and noted that Iran posed a threat to US interests and to the US.


CNN / Youtube Debate

In July of 2007, Senator Clinton was asked at the CNN / Youtube debate if her administration would meet with Iran in the first year without preconditions.


Drexel Debate

In October of 2007, Senator Clinton was asked at the Drexel debate about her vote in favor of an amendment to define the sense of congress in favor of using regard for Iran to structure forces in Iraq.

When asked about her views on what the "red line" would be that Iran could not cross without the US getting involved militarily.

Senator Clinton was also asked about actions she would take to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. She stopped short of stating that she would use force to prevent that result.

In relation to a recent vote on defining the Iranian revolutionary guard as a terrorist entity, Senator Clinton stated that they were indeed involved in promoting terror in Iraq.



Princeton Speech

In a 2007 speech, Senator Clinton stated that no measure should be off the table when it comes to ensuring that Iran not be allowed to obtain nuclear weapons.


Good Morning America

In April of 2008, Senator Clinton stated in a Good Morning America interview that the US possessed the ability to obliterate Iran if it chose to attack Israel with nuclear weapons. She stated that Iran should understand that attacking Israel would illicit a US response if she was President.

Voting Record

Designating Revolutionary Guard as Terrorists

In September of 2007, the Senate voted on a resolution that expressed the sense of the Senate on six items. These items were that:

  • that the manner in which the United States transitions and structures its military presence in Iraq will have critical long-term consequences for the future of the Persian Gulf and the Middle East
  • that it is a vital national interest of the United States to prevent the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran from turning Shi'a militia extremists in Iraq into a Hezbollah-like force that could serve its interests inside Iraq
  • that it should be the policy of the United States to combat, contain, and roll back the violent activities and destabilizing influence inside Iraq of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • to support the prudent and calibrated use of all instruments of United States national power in Iraq, including diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and military instruments, in support of the policy described in paragraph (3) with respect to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran and its proxies
  • that the United States should designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps as a foreign terrorist organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and place the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps on the list of Specially Designated Global Terrorists, as established under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and initiated under Executive Order 13224
  • that the Department of the Treasury should act with all possible expediency to complete the listing of those entities targeted under United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1737 and 1747 adopted unanimously on December 23, 2006 and March 24, 2007, respectively.

Critics of the measure called it saber rattling even though it passed by a wide margin. Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the resolution.

Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the resolution.


Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation

Session-110; Bill Number-S 970; Iran Counter-Proliferation Act of 2007 - Cosponsor

A bill to impose sanctions on Iran and on other countries for assisting Iran in developing a nuclear program, and for other purposes.

Session-110; Bill Number-S Res 356; Military Action in Iran - Cosponsor

A resolution affirming that any offensive military action taken against Iran must be explicitly approved by Congress before such action may be initiated.

Session-109; Bill Number-S Res 292; Condemning Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's Comments - Cosponsor

A resolution calling on the President to condemn the anti-Israel sentiments expressed by the President of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, on October 26, 2005.

Session-109; Bill Number-S Con res 78; Iran Nuclear Violations - Cosponsor

Condemns the government of Iran's many failures to comply with its nuclear nonproliferation obligations, including its obligations under the Safeguards Agreement, its suspension commitments under the Paris Agreement, and prior commitments to the EU-3 to suspend all enrichment- and reprocessing-related activities. Commends the efforts of the governments of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom to seek a credible suspension of Iran's enrichment- and reprocessing-related activities and to find a diplomatic means to address Iran's noncompliance with such obligations. Urges the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors at its February 2006 special meeting to order that Iran's noncompliance be reported to the U.N. Security Council. Calls on Security Council members, in particular the Russian Federation and the People's Republic of China, to consider any report of Iran's noncompliance in fulfillment of the Security Council's mandate to respond to situations bearing on international peace and security.

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