Why many Iranians are feeling the Bern

The Iranian presidential adviser added, “We are closely monitoring the presidential election in the United States. We have spent many sessions at research centers discussing the election and its possible outcomes with the experts. At this point, the administration is not planning to make any comments about any of the candidates, considering that we are still in the primaries. However, we have made our own predictions.” In regard to Sanders, the senior Iranian official told Al-Monitor that while Sanders is “of course a long shot … we had predicted that if he ever makes it to the White House, he could perhaps solve many of the problems between Iran and the United States the same way [President Barack] Obama has managed to solve some of the United States’ problems with Cuba, and that he could help tear down the wall of distrust in Iran-US relations that the supreme leader had talked about. His presidency could have been a historic opportunity for peace in the world.”

With regard to the Republican front-runner, the adviser said, “Compared to Clinton, [Donald] Trump is less problematic for Iran since he is for the most part an isolationist. Of course, Clinton has softened her tone on Iran during the past few weeks, something that we attribute to the news we have recently received regarding a few pragmatic advisers joining her campaign. Nonetheless, we believe that the nuclear deal might not have gone through if she had remained as secretary of state.”

Al-Monitor also spoke with Ali Abdi, an Iranian journalist residing in the United States who has volunteered for the Sanders campaign. He said, “Sanders’ and Trump’s campaigns have had the highest number of volunteers, mobilization and citizen engagement. As part of Sanders’ campaign, some of the most important things we’ve done was calling voters, going to the voters’ doors and being active on social media networks.”

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