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Obama: I’m Like Nixon, Reagan

In an interview with The New York Times, President Obama likened his approach to the historic deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program to Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon’s foreign policies. “You know, I have a lot of differences with Ronald Reagan, but where I completely admire him was his recognition that if you were able to verify an agreement that [was negotiated] with the evil empire that was hellbent on our destruction and was a far greater existential threat to us than Iran will ever be,” then it would be worth doing, Obama said. Similarly, he said he “had a lot of disagreements with Richard Nixon, but he understood there was the prospect, the possibility, that China could take a different path.” The president also disagreed with the notion that world powers did not use all the leverage available to them in brokering the deal, calling that criticism “misguided.”