December 8, 2013
Campaign to resume todayWednesday, October 2, 2013
To debate or not to debate, that is the question
Less than a month before the October 27 midterms, main candidates in Buenos Aires province yesterday remained divided over a long-promised televised debate to be aired tonight live on news channel Todo Noticias (TN).
Discussion lingered over whether Renewal Front candidate Sergio Massa would finally take part in the debate — the first among contenders for this key electoral district, which makes up 38 percent of the national vote.
Massa, the winner of the August 11 primaries in BA province, is refusing to participate in the public discussion on the grounds that the “six free minutes” segment — in which candidates have the opportunity to interact with each other — will be a chance for rivals to disqualify the Tigre mayor.
But other contenders say this is just an excuse to have a “debate without a debate.”
“We need a real, open discussion,” Lomas de Zamora Mayor Martín Insaurralde wrote on Twitter yesterday.
“Candidates think debates are for the benefit of the contenders when actually their purpose is to help citizens,” said Gerardo Milman, an ally of Civic and Social Progressive Front (FPCyS) leader Margarita Stolbizer.
New campaign spots for the midterms will begin to appear today, following the schedule established by the 2009 Electoral Law.
Massa will air two brand new pieces designed by advertising agency JWT. The first one depicts a child who asks his father how he will “gote” (sic) in the upcoming elections. The other shows a 93-year old woman preparing to vote, even though she is not required to do so.
Insaurralde, his main competitor in the province, will adopt the “Scioli style,” in reference to the carefree, “lightweight” attitude often displayed by the Buenos Aires governor. This new series of Victory Front (FpV) spots were directed by Ernesto Savaglio, who had previously worked with Kirchnerite foes such as Mauricio Macri and the Tigre leader.
Meanwhile, Stolbizer prepared a spring-themed electoral spot, filmed in the province district of City Bell, where a voice announces that “a new country flourishes.”
In the Buenos Aires City, the UNEN front will try to show itself as an “electoral option” in the district in order to hold on to the votes obtained in the primaries by national lawmaker Elisa Carrió.