Ahmadinejad surprised the political world and received the blessing of Ayatollah Khomeini when he announced that he would seek the office of President in the next presidential election.
“I believe that the world has become a more welcoming place for my views. Holocaust denial, and anti-Semitism are more popular than they have ever been, since 1944 anyway. And I hope to take advantage of that opportunity”
When asked if he thought the people of Iran would respond positively to such a message, Ahmadinejad responded saying
“Iran? I am running in America”