June 18, 2013
Sanz launches presidential bid, says UCR must 'expand beyond its borders' in order to win
UCR Senator Ernesto Sanz formally began his presidential campaign at a rally in the Gran Rex theatre downtown, in which he strongly criticized the national government and linked rival Ricardo Alfonsín to the past, saying he stands for “nostalgia.”
“I’m not going to ask for a nostalgic vote. I’m going to ask for a vote of hope. If we settle with our memories we’ll always end up at the middle of the road,” he said, in a clear reference to Ricardo Alfonsín, whose father Ricardo Alfonsín became president of Argentina in 1983 and is now hoisted as a Radical hero.
Sanz will be running against Alfonsín in the April 30th primaries.
The Mendoza native said that Raul Alfonsín, as well as “other former presidents and leaders,” is gone.
“My name is Sanz. I have a past just like everyone else. But I don’t feed off my past. Raúl Alfonsín is no longer with us. Néstor Kirchner is gone. It’s smart to remember them but to wait for them to tell us where to go from here is too much,” he said to a standing ovation.
Sanz stated that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s government “is finished” and assured that along with his Radical peers he is in “absolute condition to lead a possible, viable government,” although he warned that in order to do so, “they need to win on April 30th.”
“If we win these elections we will do so in the name of the millions of people who are not Radicals. Our political project has to expand beyond the Radical borders and include citizens who also voted for the Kirchners,” he stated.