Scioli campaigns in the citySunday, August 3, 2014
Macri tours BA province with criticism to contenders
In the midst of pre-campaign attempts to ready the terrain for next year’s presidential race, centre-right PRO party leader, Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri, visited yesterday some districtis on the southern region of Buenos Aires’ province.
“We must start delivering construction works and honouring politics, which means honouring people, just like we are doing in the city,” Macri said during his tour of Berazategui, Avellaneda and Quilmes. The southern part of Greater Buenos Aires is considered a Kirchnerite bastion, where his party is weak.
“When one listens to pollsters saying that ‘the only one growing (in polls) is Macri,’ what truly grows is this idea of a change in Argentina, the idea to say ‘enough’ to those who have been governing us for decades ... they are the same that now tell us that they think the exact opposite of what they’ve been doing these last years.” he added.
Macri launched his candidacy in October last year, following his party’s victory in the midterms in the City. But he is still looking for a vice-president to accompany him. The mayor has been flirting with Radical Party leaders Ernesto Sanz and Oscar Aguad. The Radical Party could provide Macri’s PRO a national structure, something his political force lacks.
Macri also commented Renewal Front leader Sergio Massa’s alleged drop in polls, claiming it has to do with “people realizing that he is more of the same.” In lieu of the recent holdouts dispute, he said that “what’s happening is bad for the country and I hope the government can sort it out.”
Scioli also campaigns
Meanwhile Macri was visiting Greater Buenos Aires, BA Governor arrived in the City to start campaigning in one of his main rivals’ bastions.
“This is another reality in the City, the one its authorities want to hide,” Scioli said while visiting Villa 21 in the neighbourhood of Barracas.
Last week, Scioli , one of the presidential candidates for the 2015 presidential elections, said he imagined himself in a runoff with the BA City Mayor.
Scioli wants to be the ruling Victory front (FpV) hopeful to replace President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner but there are other candidates from the force who want to compete, such as Entre Ríos Governor Sergio Urribarri, Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo, Defence Minister Agustín Rossi and former Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana. Yesterday FpV Senator Aníbal Fernández said he wanted to stand as a pre-candidate for the primaries.
Thus far the president has not expressed her preference, though she has joined Randazzo at several rallies.