Claim: Both men claimed former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger supported their views regarding negotiations with Iran. Obama said that Kissinger, along with other former secretaries of state, believed in direct negotiation. McCain quibbled with Obama's statement, saying that he Kissinger did not support talks at the presidential level.
Fact: Kissinger had this to say at a CNN Forum on Sept. 16: "I am in favor of negotiating with Iran. And one utility of negotiation is to put before Iran our vision of a Middle East, of a stable Middle East, and our notion on nuclear proliferation at a high enough level so that they have to study it. And, therefore, I actually have preferred doing it at the secretary of state level so that we know we're dealing with authentic." After the debate, Kissinger released a letter of support for McCain, saying he "would not recommend the next president of the United States engage in talks with Iran at the presidential level."
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