An Iranian-American who has lived in the United States for 40 years wants to be the next president of Iran.

 

Rutgers professor Hooshang Amirahmadi (YouTube)

Hooshang Amirahmadi (HOO'-shahn ahk-meer-ah-MAH'-dee) has been a professor at Rutgers University for nearly 30 years.

Amirahmadi declared his intentions last year and is hopscotching the globe to raise money.

The campaign is a long shot, because the liberal professor must win the approval of the country's religious leaders to land on the ballot.

Amirahmadi is president of the nonprofit American Iranian Council. He has spent years working on U.S.-Iranian relations.

He thinks most issues between the West and Iran — including nuclear enrichment — can be solved through diplomacy and restoration of trust.

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