O'REILLY: All right. A new report says Iran may have a nuclear weapon this year. How do you stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?
CAIN: The way you stop Iran from getting a nuclear weapon is for us to get serious about a real energy independence strategy.
O'REILLY: That's going to take longer than this year. How do you stop them from getting a nuke this year?
CAIN: Have a serious strategy, Bill. And if you have a serious strategy, it's going to cause the speculators to speculate down instead of speculating up.
O'REILLY: That's not going to stop Iran…
CAIN: Bill, Bill…
O'REILLY: Even though gas price goes down, it's not going to stop Iran from developing a nuke.
CAIN: Not in the short-term, Bill. Look, here is my punchline. If we help drive the price of oil down, that hurts Iran. And if the price of oil gets down near $70 a barrel, we win. They won't have the money to develop a nuclear program.
O'REILLY: No, they will develop it anyway.
CAIN: Look what happened at OPEC today, Bill. Look what happened at OPEC today. They couldn't come to agreement because Venezuela and Iran, they want to drive the amount of oil down so the price can go up.
O'REILLY: I got you on that, and I'm with you on that. We have got to get the price of oil down but it's not going to stop Iran from developing the nuke. OK, last question.
O'REILLY: We're going to have you back, but I have one more question.
CAIN: All right.
O'REILLY: In a few weeks, President Obama is going to take some troops out of Afghanistan. Right thing to do? Wrong thing to do?
CAIN: Wrong thing to do because by taking out a trickling amount of troops out just to say he has started the withdrawal is being disingenuous to the American people and to those that are going to be left behind.
O'REILLY: How long do you keep the troops in? We have been in 10 years. How long do you keep 100,000 U.S. troops there?
CAIN: Bill, when I know clearly what the mission is, and the military generals and experts tell me we can win, we keep them in as long as we can. If they say we can't win, then I want an exit strategy. That's how you approach the problem.
O'REILLY: All right, Mr. Cain. Thank you very much. You are a fascinating guy. We appreciate it. And as I said, we will have you back.
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