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President Obama has come under fire for his response to the post-election protests in Iran, with some saying he should be more stern and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad demanding an apology for meddling in Iran's affairs.As part of its regular question with the candidate series, The Desert Sun asked Rep.

Mary Bono Mack and Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet if they thought the president should take a firmer stand or if Obama had done enough.

Bono Mack, R-Palm Springs, has declined to participate in the paper�s series.

Her chief of staff Frank Cullen said she is focused on her work in Congress and will �turn her attention to the campaign at the appropriate time."However, through her Congressional office, Bono Mack released this statement after the House passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the violence against demonstrators and stressing the importance of fair elections: �I join my colleagues in the House of Representatives in expressing my strong support for the people of Iran, who are taking a stand for democracy and their right to free and fair elections.

The Iranian regime has consistently shown its disregard for basic human rights and jeopardizing regional stability by pursuing its nuclear program and threatening the State of Israel.

�As a nation, we must take a stronger position against the Iranian regime that is determined to rule its people with an iron fist, denying them civil rights and free elections.

Regardless the outcome of this election, we must send a strong message to the people of Iran that we support them and their desire for basic freedoms and democracy.� Pougnet, a Democrat and the first to announce he�s challenging Bono Mack, made this statement: �I join with people all over the world who value human rights in expressing my outrage and distress as the Iranian government has threatened, beaten and imprisoned citizens who have peaceably assembled to express their views.

I strongly condemn these unjust actions, and I mourn the loss of each and every innocent life.�What began as a legitimate protest has now turned into much more than that because of the brutality the Iranian regime has shown to its people.

Every person has a universal right to justice, human rights and civil liberties � and governments must recognize those rights.

This is what Iran�s own people are clamoring for.

But because of the Iranian government�s failure to respect these freedoms, a challenge to the election results has become a challenge to the country�s leadership.

Ultimately the Iranian people will judge the actions of their own government.�The 45th District race kicked off earlier this year and is already attracting national attention as a key Congressional race.

The election is in 2010.For this series, the candidates were given more than a week to provide a 150 word answer.
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