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September 25th, 2012
12:55 PM ET

Clips From Last Night: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Iranian Jews

On Monday evening, Piers Morgan sat down with Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for an in depth and exclusive interview. Ahmadinejad shared his views on Iranians of different ethnic backgrounds and faiths stating "there are many Jews living in Iran with whom we are very close" and "there are some Muslims that marry into Jewish families or marry Christians."

"We [Iranians] believe that color, religion, native tongue, [and] ethnic background shouldn't create differences or distances between people, nor should it be the sole reason to bring people closer together," said the President.

Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Ahmadinejad shares with Morgan if he would consider his children marrying someone of Jewish faith.
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  1. EverydayPolls

    Should Iran have the right to use nuclear energy? Take my poll:

    http://everydaypolls.com/post/32271997625/nuclear-iran

    September 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • scorpino888

      War with Iran is a ridiculously stupid idea. Iran has never attacked America, it is not a threat to America, the Iranian people have never been terrorists and this animosity toward Iran smacks of a Zionist/Sunni conspiracy to use us as a tool to rid the Saudis and Israel of a perceived threat. The whole thing is idiotic

      October 2, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Peter Volov

    Piers Morgan for the n=th time demonstrated his low level of intelligence and common sense. Buy hosting the worst enemy of the USA and giving him the microphone he played into Mahmoud Ahmadinejad hands – exactly what he was seeking in the USA. He knew very well what Mahmoud would say and what his agenda is. So why? For the CNN ratings? It didn’t help with the ratings. But compare this interview with the one in which he insulted Biby Netanyahu – a close friend of the USA This is the real face of Piers Morgan

    September 25, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shahin

      Ow shùt up you hypocrite.
      On the one hand you would defend America and boast about its right of freedom of speech and on the other hand you would deny any "enemy of the USA" the chance to tell his side of the story. I hate Ahmadinejad's guts, but he was telling the entire truth during this interview and when someone tells the truth, he should be commended, no matter who or what he is.

      September 25, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
      • Nana

        Why do you hate Ahmadinejad ? Have you met him ? Has he harmed you in any way ? Or do you hate him because you have been brain washed by the on going media?
        So who is calling who names when you don't know why you hate someone.
        Please remember every thing you hear in the media is only 10 percent true.
        Now, stop hating people with out knowing them and please read, visit countries, meet its people and eat and drink with them. Most people are quite lovely and have the same needs as you and I .

        September 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
      • shahin

        Nana, I am Iranian and I probably know him and the likes of him better than you.

        September 26, 2012 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
      • lynn

        He does come across as a reasonable man...just has a "slight" difference of opinion regarding world issues.

        November 10, 2012 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Amir Rezai

    With all the do respect – absolutely found your interview with Ahmadinejad as a waste of time for me and a really poor and weak interview by you.
    It's unfortunate that you wasted a precious time to highlight all the issues that this dictator has caused Iranian people (loss of jobs, young students in jail, economical challenges facing people post the additional embargoes, etc.)
    You try to be sneaky by asking if he has ever been in love? Please!!! You are interviewing hitler#2, up your game or get off the seat!

    September 25, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Gvb

      So you are one of those who grabbed and ran out of Iran. The oil was not yours or the Shah and his family and friends.

      September 25, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. mbandrus

    Why can't CNN find an interviewer that can ask the right questions of this guy? First Anderson Copper and now Morgan allow this guy to walk all over them. While the iranian is babbling about the rights of the Palestinians to choose their fate in negotiations with Israel, Morgan goes brain dead with no follow-up whatsoever concerning the brutal iranian regime violence against protestors there just two years ago! Does CNN hire people who have a memory at all? This iranian thug plays Morgan and Copper like cheap violins. They sit there, stupified, without anything to say. Why? Is it no backbone or just knee-jerk moral equivalence stuff? Please CNN find a reporter who can think next time the little thug is interviewed.

    September 25, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • shahin

      All these questions have been asked in previous interviews, see for example Zakaria 2009.
      And no, journalists can't just go ahead and bombard state leaders with hard questions. It's called deontology of journalism.

      September 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jim Watts

    I actually thought President Ahmadinejad made a few good basic points with respect to our "need" to have taken on such a large scale military attack. The cost is in lives, capital, and geopolitical reputation has deeply harmed our country.

    September 25, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. El Capitan

    I'm looking forward to watching the interview tonight.

    September 25, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Sammy

    Intervewing someone like Amadinejad is the same as giving a platform to Adolf Hitler . Believing in free speech is one thing but allowing a racist anti semitic thug who has threatend to annialate another state, shows a total lack of intelligence and sensitivity by both Piers Morgan and CNN.
    Adding to the sensitivity issue, 2 days befor Yom Kippur to do this .... I ask you!!!!!!!!
    I agree with the others that the quality of the interview was so weak as look like a staged situation

    September 25, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Bahareh

    This interview has really angered me, I am so disgusted and disappointed that piers Morgan a. Interviewed this murderer and b. asked the most absurd questions. I feel sick as an Iranian as well as a human being. I completely
    agree with all comments above, ESP sammy, amir rezaie and mbandrus.

    September 25, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. anne

    I had to laugh when Akmadinnerjacket told Piers Morgan he interrupted him too much and didn't give him a chance to talk

    September 25, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Xango

    Well, never let it be said that old Piers can't butt snorkle with the best of them...

    September 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Kia

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/rcccast

    September 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. dave landsman

    Piers,
    Heard you say, in discussing your interview, that Ahmadinejad was not adamant about exterminating Israel, but "only" the "occupation". You should realize that radicals like him believe that ALL of the territory between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean is "occupied". He does not recognize Israel's existence. You should not interpret his statement as any kind of moderation whatsoever, as you seemingly did.

    September 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Andrew

    Does anyone believe except me that Mr. Ahmadinejad looks somewhat like the actor/comedian Steve Carell?

    September 26, 2012 at 7:33 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. A concerned citizen of the world

    The interview was not up to par with my expectations. Your lack of knowledge and or misinformation about Iran and the daily life in that country is mainly why I'm disappointed. You did have some good questions, and I understand that interviewing president Ahmadinejad can be difficult, but that is no excuse for a CNN host of your caliber.
    I think the primary focus of the show should have been on how the Iranians are suffering from the current state of economy, the paralyzing effects of the inflation and the lack of basic goods and services. All direct results of the nuclear stand-off and the sanctions associated with it. Whether woman can ski in Iran or not is totally immaterial to what is really going on in that country. And yes, women can ski in Iran. I’ve spent the past two winters in Iran and women do ski freely. A more appropriate question would have been, “why do women in a country with such enormous wealth and resources have to wait in line for baby formula?” or “Why do people have to leave their houses at 4 am to wait line for medication?”
    Do you really think skiing is the symbol of freedom and observation of human rights in a nation?

    September 26, 2012 at 11:59 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. ANDREA HORN

    Dear Piers,for well over a yr.now,I have greatly enjoyed your program. You are not only handsome,bright,unafraidedly ask insightful and difficult quests., but you are affably British,gracious,polite. Yet I was appalled 2 nights ago when you had as a guest, the Iranian president,giving him air-time in a country&culture he despises. Did you expect the truth? Was it a coup worth acquiring?He is demonic, seeking the extinction of Israel,providing Syria w/ weapons to kill innocents,over 20,000,children like yours, mine. I am a Catholic, as you oftentimes say of yourself, my conscious would have prohibited me, for any reason,for anyone,to have spent any time with evil.You must stand for what you believe in, succomb to no one's request, what did we learn? I'm sure he felt honored to have been asked, it was an affront to every Jew,and to me. Please stand on principle, there is nothing else.Thank you for your time, may you and your family be well. Andrea Horn – Saint Louis, Missouri 314-458-3640

    September 26, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  16. MOE VYAS

    Dear Pieers, I enjoy your shows and the passion with which you conduct the interviews. Truly enjoyed your chat with Pres Bill Clinton. But I was hugely disappointed with your interview with M Ahamdinejad. While one does not have to be rude or insulting, but you could have really gone after his repeated threats to destroy another country. I mean which other head-of-a-state is doing that in the world? It appears as though he is at war with history itself. You could have really gone after this issue, 'drilling down into it' and since you looked very serious and determined, The global human and economic implications of a major conflict there (and these days almost anywhere) are significant. I was convinced that you would. Disappointed but still impressed with your overall performance.

    September 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  17. Ingrid

    Why am I not seeing my post from earlier today if they are not pre-screened?

    September 26, 2012 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. mgbz

    morgan is disrespectful

    November 10, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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