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Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer: If we cozy up to Iran, we'll be energy independent

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Former Democratic Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer shared a rather odd conclusion about America's treaty with Iran during his appearance Sunday on MSNBC.

"What's interesting is not that we are going to have a treaty with Iran, it's going to tip the balance away from the Saudis and the Egyptians to the Persians, the enemies for the last 3,000 years to the Arabs," he said, pointing out that he had lived in the Middle East for seven years. "Big changes are happening in the Middle East. If we cozy up to Iran, we are not going to need Saudis anymore. We will be energy independent."

Schweitzer made his remarks during an appearance on MSNBC's "Up with Steve Kornacki" on Sunday.

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