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In this photo released by official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani speaks to a crowd during a visit to the central city of Arak, Iran, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Iran's president Hassan Rouhani criticized the U.S. presidential candidates' behavior during their debates. Rouhani said on Sunday: "Did you see the debate and the way of their speaking, accusing and mocking each other? Do we want such a democracy and election in our country?" (Iranian Presidency Office via AP)

Iran's president isn't a big fan of Clinton or Trump. But not for the reasons you'd think.


Like many Americans, Iraian President Hassan Rouhani isn't a big fan of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump.

But Rouhani's disapproval may not be for the political reasons you would expect. You know, because Iran and the U.S. don't really see eye-to-eye, especially when it comes to Iran's nuclear program. 

On Sunday, Rouhani criticized both U.S. presidential candidates for their behavior during the latest presidential debate.

Did you see the debate and the way of their speaking, accusing and mocking each other?
Hassan Rouhani

"Do we want such a democracy in our country? Do we want such elections in our country?" Rouhani said to a crowd in the Iranian city of Arak. 

In September, Rouhani was asked which of the U.S. presidential candidates he preferred. 

He replied: "Should I prefer bad to worse or worse to bad?"

Iran's state TV has broadcast two of the presidential debates and has closely followed the election cycle. 

The state broadcaster also highlighted some of the economic and social problems within the U.S. based on the most heated debate segments. 

This was Rouhani's first public comment on the upcoming election. 

Iran will hold its own presidential election in May 2017. Rouhani will be eligible for a second term. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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