December 23, 2014
Scioli wants a running mate from the ‘interior’
Randazzo insists he would beat the BA province governor in the PASO primaries
Internal infighting over the potential successor to President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner gained speed yesterday as Buenos Aires province Governor Daniel Scioli promised his vice-presidential candidate would be from the country’s “interior” while Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo claimed he could beat Scioli in the election.
“I want someone who will act like Néstor Kirchner and that comes from the interior, because to grow we need someone who represents the best of the Argentine interior,” Scioli said when asked who he would pick to be his vice-presidential contender. The provincial leader added that “after having seen so many highs and lows in the country, they could not return to continually restarting the country from zero,” and asserted that he represented “a guarantee that they would not restart again” should he be elected for the post in the 2015 general elections.
When questioned why it seemed that it was so difficult to be vice-president in Argentina he answered: “It’s a sensitive position that demands a lot of responsibility and coordination with the president.”
In a sign that he would be more willing to accept opposition political parties if elected, he stated that in the fight against corruption, institutional mechanisms of control must actually work, generating preventive and transparent conditions.
“In my province, the state prosecutor, accountant’s office, treasurer and accounting court are in the hands of the opposition and I’ve respected that tradition,” the governor pointed out. The governor — technically a Kirchnerite — does not seem to be worried about the challenges from other Victory Front (FpV) candidates, as he seems highly confident about winning the PASO primaries in August 2015, even though many of the party’s intellectuals and allies are not keen on this prospect.
‘I can beat Scioli’
In spite of the Scioli’s comments, Florencio Randazzo, a presidential hopeful that has also appeared on the scene, countered the governor claiming that he could beat him in 2015 elections. “I have no doubt in winning the internal party elections... first, victories go to the heart and then in concrete actions,” Randazzo said. The Kirchnerite official said he would win the voters’ confidence after citizens get to compare “the public services” offered by each contender.
“I want to discuss with the governor the things he has done regarding security, education, health, infrastructure and I want to tell him what we did ourselves,” Randazzo told La Arena newspaper.
Like Scioli, Randazzo insisted he was a “sure guarantee to represent the interests of the majority of Argentines.”
The Interior and Transport Minister, who also comes from the BA province, is concentrating his pre-election campaign on Scioli hoping that to demonstrate the governor not a sure winner in the next election
Polls show ‘technical tie’
If elections were held today, the FpV’s main candidates Scioli and Randazzo would be in a technical tie, according to a poll published yesterday by the González/Va-
lladares consultancy company. The Buenos Aires governor leads the preferences with 36.9 percent of the vote while the transport minister has 35.8 percent.
The rest of the FpV contenders do not reach 10 percent of the potential votes, according to the same poll — with FpV Senator Aníbal Fernández obtaining 8 percent, Entre Ríos Governor Sergio Urribarri with 6.3 percent and Defence Minister Agustín Rossi with 5.4 percent of the vote.
The rest of the possible candidates such as FpV Majority leader Julián Domínguez, Salta Governor Juan Manuel Urtubey appear in much lower positions.
Herald with DyN, Télam