The Democratic Party is supportive of the destruction of ISIS but seeks an updated version of the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) that is more appropriate and that involves less large-scale combat deployment of U.S. troops. The Democratic Party is interested in investing more in defense, as well as providing more resources to improve infrastructure, mass transit, and other homeland goals.
The Democratic Party supports the current nuclear agreement with Iran. As it is intended, the nuclear plan takes away Iran’s ability to access to nuclear bomb technology and does not involve war. Democrats also view the role that Iran has played in the region as detrimental and they support enforcing non-nuclear sanctions. Democrats view Iran as a major proponent of terrorism and human rights violations and will push back against any violent and disruptive behavior, like the support for terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah. Democrats do look to embrace a bright future for the Iranian people and desire to engage in cultural exchanges, academic exchanges, etc., with the Iranian people.
2016 Presidential Election Nominee: Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton advocated for stronger relationships with our allies abroad. She supported the U.S. relationship with Israel. Clinton supported embracing American power, but focused on diplomacy and development. She supported earnestly enforcing the nuclear agreement with Iran to prevent the country from accessing military technology and causing more instability in the region, particularly to Israel. Clinton supported facing ISIS and dismantling global terror networks while increasing home defenses.
2008 & 2012 Presidential Election Nominee: Barack Obama (Victor and 44th President of the United States)
During his presidency, Barack Obama opened negotiations with Iran in the hope of preventing Iran acquiring nuclear weaponry. His conversation with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani was the first conversation between the heads of state of United States and Iran in three decades. In total, the negotiations with Iran lasted two years and a deal was only reached in 2015. Titled the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the deal involved releasing Iran from U.N. sanctions in exchange for measures that prevented Iran from acquiring nuclear weaponry. For Obama, the deal marked a step forward in normalizing Iran’s relationship with the world. However, the deal drew sharp criticism from conservatives and Republicans. The Prime Minister of Israel was also critical of the deal.
2004 Presidential Election Nominee and U.S. Secretary of State: John Kerry
As the U.S. Secretary of State in 2013, John Kerry was able to meet with the Iranian Foreign Minister, a man named Mohammad Javad Zarif with the rest of the P5+1 during the P5+1 and Iran Summit. This meeting eventually turned into the JCPOA agreement. Prior to this meeting, there had been no meetings between an U.S. Secretary of State and the Iranian Foreign Minister since the Iranian Revolution in 1979, over thirty years ago.