Så här sa han i alla fall 1988, den gamle hajen, när han själv vunnit första omgången i presidentvalet:
In the first round, Iranian voters gave the largest number of votes to Hojatolislam Rafsanjani. It was his first test of popular strength since revelations of his involvement in Iran's secret purchases of weapons from the United States.Man ska aldrig underskatta Rafsanjanis politiska överlevnadsförmåga. Men med folket i Iran är det mycket som har hänt de här 20 åren. Låt oss hoppas att miljardären Rafsanjani med sin plan om en (av honom själv) politiskt kontrollerad frihandels- och privatiseringsoffensiv, inte lyckas återuppfinna sig själv som samlande figur för dagens opposition. Det vore en verklig tragedi för möjligheterna till positiv förändring i Iran.
Perhaps in anticipation of political turmoil after the final outcome, Hojatolislam Rafsanjani said on Friday that those who lose ''must not think of starting quarrels and casting aspersions on those who were elected, saying they were cheated, they lied, that our votes have been tampered with.'' Neither should they ''gather together their supporters and engage in demonstrations and acts of sabotage,'' he added.
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Citatet uppsnappat hos Angry Arab, som också hittat det här från 1986:
Mir Hussein Mousavi, 43, an engineer and Prime Minister since 1981, is a layman who began his revolutionary career as a clerk for the late Ayatollah Mohammed Beheshti, before rising to become editor of the Islamic Republican Party newspaper.A number of legislators have criticized his handling of the economy, and he alienated the bazaar merchants when he accused them of counterrevolution. He was appointed to a second term as Prime Minister only with the personal intervention of Ayatollah Khomeini. He has never voiced strong views on foreign policy, but is a firm believer in the need for more government control of the economy and a redistribution of wealth