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[翻译字幕]IN THE NEWS - Republican Presidential Hopefuls Debate Pakistan, Iran

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新闻报道 - 共和党总统候选人就巴基斯坦、伊朗等热门话题展开辩论

This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.


This week, the eight candidates seeking the Republican Party’s presidential nomination debated national security and foreign policy issues. CNN and two conservative research groups, the American Enterprise Institute and the Heritage Foundation, organized the debate in Washington.


One issue was American aid to Pakistan. Texas Governor Rick Perry said he would cut that aid unless the Pakistani government made changes.

议题之一是美国对巴基斯坦的援助。德州州长里克·佩里(Rick Perry)声称,除非巴基斯坦政府做出改变,否则他将削减援助。

RICK PERRY: "The bottom line is that that they have showed us time after time that they can't be trusted and until Pakistan clearly shows that they have America's best interest in mind, I would not send them one penny."


Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota disagreed. She said the aid is required to secure Pakistan's nuclear weapons. She also said Pakistan shares intelligence with the United States about al-Qaida.

明尼苏达州众议员米歇尔·巴赫曼(Michele Bachmann)对此不认同。她说,援助是保证巴基斯坦核武器安全的需要。她还表示,巴基斯坦与美国共享基地组织情报。

MICHELE BACHMANN: "Whatever our action is, it must ultimately be about helping the United States and our sovereignty, our safety and our security.''


Another question was whether, as president, the candidates would support an Israeli attack to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. Businessman Herman Cain gave the first answer.

另一个问题是,作为总统,这些候选人是否会支持以色列为防止伊朗发展核武器而动武。商人赫尔曼·凯恩(Herman Cain)第一个回答。

Republican presidential candidates from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, businessman Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman stand for the National Anthem before a Republican presidential debate in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011.

HERMAN CAIN: "I would first make sure that they had a credible plan for success."


Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House of Representatives, said he would support military action against Iran only as a last choice.

前众议院议长纽特·金里奇(Newt Gingrich)表示,他将把对伊朗动武作为最后选择。

NEWT GINGRICH: "I think replacing the regime before they get a nuclear weapon without a war beats replacing the regime with a war, which beats allowing them to have a nuclear weapon. Those are your three choices."


On Monday, the United States, Britain and Canada each announced new steps to pressure Iran. Still, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney said President Obama has not been strong enough on Iran.

周一,美国、英国和加拿大分别宣布新措施对伊朗施压。然而,前马萨诸塞州州长米特·罗姆尼(Mitt Romney)称,奥巴马对伊朗不够强硬。

MITT ROMNEY: "Put in place the kind of crippling sanctions that stop their economy. I know it is going to make gasoline more expensive. There is no price that is worth an Iranian nuclear weapon."


During the debate, former Utah Governor Jon Huntsman said it was time for most American troops to come home from Afghanistan.

在辩论中,前犹他州州长洪博培(Jon Huntsman)表示,美国军队是时候从阿富汗撤军了。

JON HUNTSMAN: "We haven't done a very good job defining and articulating what the endpoint is in Afghanistan and I think the American people are getting very tired about where we find ourselves today."


Mitt Romney said he opposed a quick withdrawal and, as president, would follow the advice of his military commanders.


MITT ROMNEY: "This is not time for America to cut and run."


Most of the candidates said they supported the extension of the anti-terrorism law known as the Patriot Act. However, Representative Ron Paul of Texas said the law is "unpatriotic because it undermines our liberties."


Several of the presidential hopefuls warned against deep defense cuts. That could happen now that a twelve-member "supercommittee" in Congress failed to agree on long-term deficit reductions.


Another issue was illegal immigration. Mr. Gingrich disagreed with many of the other candidates. He said he was "prepared to take the heat in saying: Let's be humane in enforcing the law."


NEWT GINGRICH: "I don't see how the party that says it's the party of the family is going to adopt an immigration policy which destroys families that have been here a quarter century."


This week, Newt Gingrich took the lead in national opinion polls for the first time in the race for the Republican nomination. Mitt Romney was a close second, and Herman Cain was third.


The nationally broadcast debate this week was the eleventh so far among the Republican candidates. The first voting in the primary season will take place on January third. On that day, Iowa will hold its political meetings known as caucuses. The general election is next November.


And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember.

Contributing: Jim Malone