Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich both said they would be willing to go to war to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons if all other methods failed, CBS News is reporting. The two made the announcement at the Republican presidential debate on November 12, 2011 in Spartanburg, South Carolina. It was the first debate to focus on foreign policy and appear on network television.

Romney said if sanctions and other strategies fail, military action would be brought to the table, as he feels it’s unacceptable for Iran to become a nuclear power. Gingrich agreed, saying there would be no other choice, if maximum covert operations failed.

The two also agreed that it’s acceptable for the U.S. government to kill anyone, even a U.S. citizen, abroad who has engaged in terrorism against America. Gingrich said “If you engage in war against the United States, you are an enemy combatant” and you lose your rights as a result.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Romney and Gingrich

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

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