Todd Starnes reports at FoxNews.com:
President Obama and Jeb Bush have drawn the ire of Sen. Ted Cruz after they attacked Gov. Mike Huckabee for his comments about the Iran nuclear deal.
Huckabee said the president's Iran policy would "take the Israelis and march them to the door of the oven."
"The president bristled at what he called a 'ridiculous' comment," Starnes writes. "The particular comments of Mr. Huckabee are just part of a general pattern we've seen that would be considered ridiculous if it weren't so sad," Obama said, according to Starnes.
Obama also expressed his displeasure with Sen. Ted Cruz. "We've had a sitting senator call John Kerry Pontius Pilate. We've had a sitting senator, who also happens to be running for president, suggest that I'm the leading state sponsor of terrorism. These are leaders in the Republican Party."
Cruz stood his ground and "rebuffed the president's slap," saying it was "particularly sad today that President Obama chose to engage in gutter politics -- attacking Mike Huckabee by name, attacking me -- both of us for standing up against this catastrophic deal -- rather than defending [his position on] the merits," Starnes reports.
"Cruz told me he 'emphatically' stands by Huckabee and his comments," Starnes writes.
Huckabee "is exactly right to highlight the threat that the Obama nuclear deal poses to the nation of Israel. It is a sad day when the president of the United States cannot or will not see this truth," Cruz said, according to Starnes.
In addition to Obama, Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush also "lashed out at Huckabee's assessment of the Obama Administration's deal with Iran -- calling it 'just wrong'," Starnes writes.
"'I think we need to tone down the rhetoric, for sure,' Bush said at a campaign stop in Florida," according to Starnes. "The use of that kind of language is just wrong," Bush is quoted as saying.
Bush said, "This is not the way we're going to win elections, and that's not how we're going to solve problems," Starnes reports.
"Cruz took exception to Bush's attack on the former Arkansas governor," Starnes reports. This is "not a question of rhetoric," Cruz countered, according to Starnes. "It's a question of speaking the truth."
Far better, in Cruz's estimation, to "direct your fire to the real threats facing America -- including the threat of an Iran-led by radical theocratic zealots who chant 'Death to America' and 'Death to Israel'," Cruz advised Bush, according to Starnes.
In a related development, Cruz has invited Obama to "debate the substance of the Iran deal . . . at any time and any place" of Obama's choosing. Perhaps Jeb Bush could help Obama prepare for such a debate.
"Let's do it in front of the American people any time in the next 60 days," Cruz said (see video).
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