December 12, 2013
Carrió blasts PRO, Macri hits at Kirchnerism
Buenos Aires City mayor and UNEN both present candidates for October elections
In the run-up to next Sunday’s official resumption of campaigning ahead of the midterm elections, the UNEN front and the PRO yesterday showcased their electoral cards by introducing their respective leading candidates for Congress, Senate and Buenos Aires City Legislature to the press.
Led by congressional candidate Elisa Carrió and Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri respectively, each political force opted for confrontational discourse. While Macri’s aides aimed their cannons at Kirchnerism, Carrió asked the electorate to prevent the PRO’s second senatorial candidate, Diego Santilli, from obtaining a seat in the Senate.
“It will be like placing another Peronist figure in the Senate,” stated Carrió, directing her message tatindependent voters. She pointed out that the real race is for the second seat up for grabs at Congress, between “the man who is in charge of the poor cleaning services in our city” and “a brilliant young economist like Fernanda Reyes.”
Macri decided to ignore the UNEN leader’s words. “We are setting up the political alternative our country needs, and we are doing it day by day, with our mind set on 2015,” rallied the Buenos Aires City mayor later in the afternoon, front ing the PRO’s campaign act.
Macri stood alongside senatorial candidates Gabriela Michetti and Santilli, top Lower House candidate Sergio Bergman and Legislature hopefuls Iván Petrella, Juan Pablo Arenaza and Carmen Polledo, number one to three, respectively, on the ticket.
PRO’s strategy seems to be focused, once again, on distinguishing itself from the Victory Front (FpV), refraining from assigning importance to Carrió or UNEN as rivals.
“It’s a real pleasure to be heading this wonderful team. It looks like a soccer team’s locker room, eager to go out onto the field with a hunger for victory,” declared Macri, drawing on his past as the Boca Juniors soccer club’s CEO.
Reinforcing the Buenos Aires City Mayor’s sport analogy, the PRO showed off its top candidates for the October elections sitting side-by-side with the rest of the ticket nominees on a stand behind them.
True to the PRO’s style, the scenario chosen for the ceremony was not a political office or the party’s headquarters but the Buenos Aires Design shopping centre auditorium, in the heart of the neighbourhood of Recoleta.
UNEN’s news conference was far more modest, staged at a downtown hotel at noon. For the first time, Carrió’s coalition showed up with their full ticket’s candidates after the ballot paper was defined through the D’Hont system’s proportional distribution, also overcoming the electoral court’s ruling to adjust its congressional candidate list according to the gender quota law.
“Aristotle used to say that politics is the art of the possible, but we know that it isn’t enough”, Petrella joked after being referred to as “a philosopher” by both his ticket partners and Macri himself. Like his leader, he chose not to confront his rivals.