A member of the Society of Islamic Revolution Veterans Central Council pointed to conjectures regarding Hashemi’s presidency at the age of 80 and said "Although Hashemi Rafsanjani’s son has said that Hashemi will not for presidency, Hashemi has grown famous in the past 30 years as the 90th-minute man.”
Himself a Principalist activist, Nejabat said "The opposition websites have laid Hashemi a trap, saying all Reformists and Khatami must in the upcoming elections turn around Hashemi as the hub, so that with Hashemi in the presidentials, harmony is returned and the Reformists can appear on the scene again and, on the other hand, the Principalists will unanimously attend the elections.”
He added "Hashemi is an intelligent man. If he looses his political memory he will have done a something dangerous.”
He added that Hashemi will meat a heavy defeat if ran for presidency. "The time for Hashemi is over,” he asserted.