Ali Motahari pointed to the huge amount of slander directed at Hashemi and said that it shows how much the opposite side is afraid of him.
He added "It is a tactic by those who intend to disparage Mr. Hashemi to limit him to the Reform current. But this is not in accordance with reality, because both moderate Principalists and moderate Reformists support Mr. Hashemi. So, the upcoming elections will be a rivalry between moderation and extremism. The moderate current related to Mr. Hashemi has disagreements with radicals from both Principalist and Reformist wings.”
He added "Right now the Principalist staff to support Hashemi is being formed, of which many Principalists are members.”
Motahari believed that the same way slanders could not drive Hashemi out of the ring, this time also they will not be rewarding and will only increase his popularity.