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Associated Press, Published September 24 2010

Pawlenty labels Iranian leader a 'nut job'

ST. PAUL (AP) — Republican Tim Pawlenty isn't parsing words about his feelings toward Iran's president, calling the foreign leader a "nut job."

Minnesota's governor and a possible 2012 presidential candidate talked Friday about a speech Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (ah-muh-DEE'-neh-zhahd) delivered a day earlier at a United Nation's world summit.

Pawlenty was baffled that more U.N. delegates didn't walk out on the speech, where the Iranian leader suggested Americans were behind the Sept. 11 terror attacks. The U.S. delegation and some others walked out mid-speech.

On his weekly radio show on WCCO-AM, Pawlenty acted stunned that, in his words, "a majority of the delegates stayed there and listened to this nut job." Pawlenty says the Iranian president's previous calls for the destruction of Israel show "how nutty he is."

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.