Iranian President Hassan Rouhani faces tight reelection battle against hardline cleric Ebrahim Raisi
Iran's presidential campaign is being seen as a referendum on the nuclear deal
He may be the ultimate insider, but Hassan Rouhani is running like the anti-establishment candidate.
At a campaign rally last week at the Azadi stadium in Tehran, Rouhani took to the stage and delivered a speech more worthy of an outsider than the incumbent President of Iran.
Standing behind a lectern and surveying the sea of purple – his campaign color – before him, Rouhani promised much.
“We want freedom of the press,” he declared, “freedom of association, and freedom of thought!”
As he spoke, more than 10,000 supporters – many of them women, many of them middle class – chanted slogans demanding the release from house arrest of leading opposition figures.