Mitt Romney argued that it is important to stop Iran's nuclear program because a nuclear-capable Iran could set off a dirty bomb in an American city during a May fundraiser in Florida, according to video published by Mother Jones Tuesday morning. Romney's remarks were made at the same fundraiser -- and captured in part of the same video -- where he said that 47 percent of Americans believe they are "victims" who deserve to live off of government checks.
If I were Iran, if I were Iran—a crazed fanatic, I'd say let's get a little fissile material to Hezbollah, have them carry it to Chicago or some other place, and then if anything goes wrong, or America starts acting up, we'll just say, "Guess what? Unless you stand down, why, we're going to let off a dirty bomb." I mean this is where we have—where America could be held up and blackmailed by Iran, by the mullahs, by crazy people. So we really don't have any option but to keep Iran from having a nuclear weapon.
Mother Jones points out that a dirty bomb does not require fissile material from a nuclear weapons program.