Tonight was the 5th presidential live TV debate, this time between 2 reformist candidates: Mousavi, who is the main reformist candidate vs Karroubi, another reformist whose support for human and civil rights of Iranian citizens has attracted the support of many intellectuals and students.
Unlike the two challenging debates each of them had previously with president Ahmadinejad, tonight several times during the show both mentioned that their ideas are very close to each other.
Both candidates used this debate as an opportunity to answer Ahmadinejad’s previous claims and to present their programs in the state TV, and they really used this opportunity very good.
The biggest highlight of the debate, was when Mousavi, at the beginning of his speech, directly called Ahmadinejad a “liar”. He was prepared with the same charts as Ahmadinejad’s, but with REAL figures.
While showing both wrong and right charts simultaneously to the camera, he said that “Just look how easily they play with the diagrams and tell lies to people”. One was a chart regarding the inflation rate, which yesterday reported 14% by Ahmadinejad, but he showed that the real inflation rate is 25%.
He emphasized on Ahmadinejad’s lies, several times during his speech: “A real Muslim never lies, then how our president can lie in front of the camera to millions of people?!”
Whatever it was, it was not a “debate”, but it was a unique event in our history. When a candidate in a live TV show could call the president a liar, and he was definitely right!