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Truth Squad: Did President Obama call Iran elections legitimate?

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 1:32 AM EST, Sun January 8, 2012

Editor's note: Part of the CNN Republican debate fact-checking series

(CNN) -- Sen. Rick Santorum said during Saturday night's Republican candidates' debate in Manchester, New Hampshire, that President Barack Obama "tacitly supported" the results of the disputed Iranian elections.

The statement: "He tacitly supported the results of the election. (President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad announced right after the election polls were closed, he won with 60-some percent of the vote and the president said that sounds like a legitimate election."- Rick Santorum.

The facts: In Obama's official remarks on June 15, 2009, concerning the disputed election results in Iran, he said: "My understanding is, is that the Iranian government says that they are going to look into irregularities that have taken place. We weren't on the ground, we did not have observers there, we did not have international observers on hand, so I can't state definitively one way or another what happened with respect to the election. But what I can say is that there appears to be a sense on the part of people who were so hopeful and so engaged and so committed to democracy who now feel betrayed."

The verdict: False. Based on his official remarks, Obama did not deny or support the results of the election and did not call them "legitimate."

CNN's Amy Roberts contributed to this report.

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