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Cantor Criticizes Columbia University President for Hosting Iranian President Ahmadinejad


Location: Washington, DC

Cantor Criticizes Columbia University President for Hosting Iranian President Ahmadinejad

House Republican Chief Deputy Whip Eric Cantor (R-VA), Chairman of the House Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare and alumnus of Columbia University Graduate Program, released the following statement today criticizing Columbia University President Lee Bollinger's decision to host Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to speak and answer questions as a guest of honor at a Columbia forum Monday:

"We know definitively that Iran is going to great lengths to arm terrorists who murder and maim our troops in Iraq. The fact that Columbia has rewarded the Islamic Republic's radioactive President by making him part of a distinguished lecture series inside the United States is deeply troubling.

"That Columbia has allowed President Ahmadinejad on its campus, while our Reserve Officer Training Corps is not welcome is truly unexpected from a University of its caliber. President Bollinger's lack of judgment and disregard for our troops in Iraq has left a stain on the reputation of Columbia University," said Cantor.

"I am also deeply disturbed that John Coates, Dean of Columbia University, claimed this past weekend as millions of Jews were ending Yom Kippur that he would invite Hitler to speak at Columbia. As an alumnus of Columbia, I sharply disagree with Mr. Coates. In no way does his statement represent the views of the majority of those affiliated with Columbia," concluded Cantor.

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