Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Iran throws support behind President Bush, despite "axis of evil" label

Iran throws support behind President Bush, despite "axis of evil" label: "Iran throws support behind President Bush, despite "axis of evil" label

TEHRAN, Iran A nation considered part of the so-called "axis of evil" is endorsing George W. Bush -- the man who called it "evil" in the first place.

Officials in Iran say despite that label, their country wants President Bush to be re-elected.

They say that in the past, Democrats have done more harm to Iran than Republicans. In particular, they point to sanctions that went in place under former President Clinton.

This marks the first time in decades that Iran has openly supported any American presidential candidate.

The head of Iran's security council says while Iran doesn't appreciate President Bush's remarks about Iran, he hasn't taken any dangerous actions against the country.

The U-S cut diplomatic ties with Iran in 1979. The Bush administration says the country is secretly trying to build nuclear weapons and has hidden terrorists within its borders.

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