Supporters of Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaObama, Bush among those paying tribute to Cokie Roberts: 'A trailblazing figure' US-Iran next moves — Déjà vu of Obama administration mistakes? Cost for last three government shutdowns estimated at billion MORE defending him against Republican criticisms of his proposal to talk with leaders of Iran note that Obama hasn't specifically said he would meet with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called for the destruction of Israel. Obama backers point out that Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, not Ahmadinejad, sets Iran's foreign policy.

They, and Time's Joe Klein, are now jumping over remarks by John McCainJohn Sidney McCain The 13 Republicans needed to pass gun-control legislation Biden's debate performance renews questions of health At debate, Warren and Buttigieg tap idealism of Obama, FDR MORE in which the Republican presidential candidate insists that Ahmadinejad is the country's leader over protests from a questioner that Khamenei is the one to pay attention to.

"McCain used to know who the actual rulers of Iran are," Klein writes.

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