Taking It to the Streets: Election Rallies in Iran
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In Iran, the last three weeks have seen a surprisingly hard fought presidential campaign. Incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faces a strong challenge from reformist Mir-Hossein Mousavi, who's broken with convention by campaigning with his outspoken wife. In our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, will urban women and youth tip the scales towards Mousavi, or will hardliners and the ruralpoor help re-elect Ahmadinejad? How will the outcome affect politics in the region and relationships with the West? Also, President Obama calls Green Bay a model for healthcare reform, and Governor Schwarzenegger tells legislators to come up with a budget deal -- or else. Sara Terry guest hosts.
Banner image: Zahra Rahnavard, wife of reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, gestures during her press conference in Tehran on June 7. Photo Atta Kenare/ AFP/Getty Images
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Taking It to the Streets: Election Rallies in Iran ()
For the past three weeks Iranians have been out on the streets in the tens of thousands, with a fervor many say hasn't been seen since the toppling of the Shah thirty years ago. Tomorrow, voters in Iran head to the polls in what has become an almost free-for-all presidential election between incumbent Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and reformist candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. Text messages, Facebook and television debates are all part of the fray. What are the issues driving voters? What role will women play in the vote's outcome? Will this new spirit of debate and openness continue? Would a new president take a different tack in dealing with the West?
- Borzou Daragahi: Middle East Correspondent, Los Angeles Times, @borzou
- Warren Strobel: Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers
- Mariam Memarsadeghi: Washington, DC-based adviser to NGO's
- Mohsen Milani: Professor of Government and International Affairs, University of South Florida
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