May 18, 2013
CFK ends campaign, calls for unity, hopes 'real country keeps growing'
By Liliana Franco
Emotional. That was how Cristina Fernández de Kirchner appeared to be in different parts of the speech she gave during the rally that ended her campaign,in the Coliseo theatre,in a roomful of supporters. The Head of State gave a speech that appealed to all voters. “ I must coordinate the interests of the 40 million Argentines,” thus she called for national unity and joint efforts to keep on growing. She also recalled her late husband, President Néstor Kirchner and, fighting back tears, she thanked her children, Máximo and Florencia for their support.
Despite that there supposed to be two speakers at the rally, Fernández de Kirchner and and running mate Amado Boudou, the President arrived at the Coliseo theatre shortly after 7.30 pm and walked directly to the stand. She called for national unity, but warned that nobody is impartial in the fight and that she isn’t neutral. She also warned union and business sectors that her priority will always be “social integration and the defence of the most vulnerable sectors.”
Keeping their faith in certain rituals, Kirchnerism chose the same theatre which they used to close their campaign before August primaries. Militants, most of them members of La Cámpora political group, governors and most of the Cabinet members arrived early. Before beginning her speech, Fernández de Kirchner introduced the protagonists of her multiple tv spots and explained when and how she had first met them. According to official sources, that was spokesman Alfredo Scoccimarro’s idea.
In another passage of her speech, which lasted nearly half an hour, the President that in light of the global economic crisis, “Argentina has to double its efforts” to deepen the model and asked all those sectors that defend their own interests that she must “coordinate the effort of 40 million Argentines.”
“I will always be on the side of those who fight against inequality, and of those who defend the more vulnerable sectors and social integration, because this is not a fight with impartial actors and I’m not neutral,” she stated.