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Republican candidates urge tougher approach to Iran

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WASHINGTON (AP) -- Mitt Romney is denouncing the Obama administration's go-slow approach to Iran -- telling a pro-Israel lobby that "hope is not a foreign policy."

Speaking by satellite to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Washington, Romney said, "The only thing respected by thugs and tyrants is our resolve, backed by our power and our readiness to use it."

Romney's chief rival, Rick Santorum, addressed the group in person -- and denounced the latest proposal from officials in the U.S., Europe and elsewhere for a resumption of talks with Iran on its suspected nuclear weapons program.

Santorum called it "another appeasement, another delay, another opportunity for them to go forward while we talk."

Romney, Santorum and Newt Gingrich each made time on their Super Tuesday schedules to speak to the group -- a day after the Iran nuclear program dominated a White House meeting between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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