As the U.S. Democratic Party seeks to nominate its presidential candidate, the first televised debate has been held, where Iran and action again climate change have been the top foreign policy issues.
The debate of Wednesday, June 26, included New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and popular female candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is leading the polls at the moment.
Iran nuclear deal
German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reports that only one candidate called the Iran deal «wrong» and vowed to stay out of it.
On the issue of Iran, New Jersey Senator Corey Booker was the only one candidate on stage that said he did not support the Iran nuclear deal, calling it a «mistake.» However, when pressed to explain why, he said he would «do the best I can to secure this country.»
The Iran issue has risen to the forefront for U.S. voters amid escalating tensions between Washington and Tehran over apparent attacks on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf.
Action on climate change
Meanwhile, Washington Governor Jay Inslee said he was «truly astonished» that combating climate change wasn’t a major priority for more candidates. «We are the first generation to feel the sting of climate change, and we are the last generation to do something about,» Inslee said. «This is a crisis, an emergency.»
Former congressman Beto O’Rourke and Warren also agreed climate change was the biggest threat to U.S. security.