Huntsman calls nuclear Iran the ‘transcendent threat of this decade’

Huntsman told Israeli newspaper Haaretz that he would use “all the elements of power of my country,” including military options, “to ensure that [Iran] didn’t become a nuclear power.”

Campaigning in New Hampshire, the former U.S. ambassador to China pledged to “fully” promote and protect the U.S.-Israel alliance as president and said he would work closely with that country on his response to Iran.

How each candidate would deal with the threat of a nuclear Iran has become a hot talking point in the campaign, especially as various candidates seek to damage Ron Paul by targeting his foreign-policy views, which are controversial in conservative circles.

Paul has compared the premature bombing of Iran to Iraq. “The greatest danger is that we will have a president that will overreact, that we will soon bomb Iran,” he said in a GOP debate last month in Iowa.

Rep. Michele Bachmann (Minn.) called Paul’s views on Iran “dangerous” prior to dropping her bid for the GOP nomination. All of the other candidates have expressed concerns and distanced themselves from Paul’s views.

Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said last weekend that he would absolutely threaten Iran with airstrikes in order to avert any progress on the country’s nuclear program.