Pro-Democrat Jewish group ties Romney investments to Iran

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Romney defended his investments during last week's presidential debate when President Obama used them to hammer him on the issue of Iran's alleged nuclear weapons program. Romney has attacked Obama's decision to focus on building international support for tough sanctions on Iran, but hasn't offered a detailed alternative.

“When it comes to tightening sanctions, look, as I said before, we’ve put in the toughest, most crippling sanctions ever,” Obama said during the debate. “And the fact is, while we were coordinating an international coalition to make sure these sanctions were effective, you were still invested in a Chinese state oil company that was doing business with the Iranian oil sector. So I’ll let the American people decide, judge who’s going to be more effective and more credible when it comes to imposing crippling sanctions.”

Romney countered that his personal investments are made by a blind trust. 

“Any investments I have over the last eight years have been managed by a blind trust,” he said during the second debate, when Obama's criticism centered on investments in Chinese companies. “And I understand they do include investments outside the United States, including in — in Chinese companies. Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?”

Levine, in a recent piece for The Times of Israel, however, pointed that Romney himself criticized the use of blind trusts when he ran against the late Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) in 1994.

“The blind trust is an age-old ruse, if you will,” Romney said at the time. “Which is to say, you can always tell a blind trust what it can and cannot do.”