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Debate of the vice presidents: Kirchnerism and Javier Milei, at the center of all intersections

He first electoral debate of 2023, starring the vice presidential candidates, reflected some of the forces’ campaign strategies. Victoria Villarruel (Freedom Advances) and Agustín Rossi (Union for the Homeland) were chosen as opponents and they were barely allowed to debate openly among themselves they raised the thermometer.

In those discussions he tried to sneak his chicanes for both Luis Petri (Together for Change), who was seen a little more poised and with a slogan speech. While Florencio Randazzo (We do for Our Country) focused its participation on telling ideas and projects carried out in Córdoba by Juan Schiaretti and during his time in the Government as Cristina Kirchner’s minister.

Finally, Nicolás Del Caño (FIT-Unidad) handed out chicanes against everyone with few new proposals from the left.

The debate organized by the program In two voices which is issued by All News It began with one minute for each candidate as an introduction. From the beginning the chicanes appeared.

Villarruel said that the four remaining vice presidential candidates meet “76 years living off the State and politics” and reissued the idea of ​​“caste” of its space. Petri emphasized the “order” that the country needs.

Then It was the turn of Rossi, who was perceived to be nervous and with some stumbles in his first intervention. Randazzo and Del Caño used their time to talk of his presidential candidates.

They debated three axes, where each candidate had one minute to address the topic, thirty seconds of right to reply and eight minutes of joint discussion. The first axis that was addressed was Economy, inflation and work.

It was the most interesting at the level of crosses and reproaches, where Rossi abandoned his initial shyness and spared no criticism. against the libertarian. While the Kirchnerist recalled the economic measures recently taken by Sergio Massa, the rest responded by saying emphasis on inflation, the stagnation of growth and the monetary issuance of the Central Bank.

The candidate of the left, Del Caño, also pointed out against the companies that he maintained “highlight and increase prices every day,” he charged against the IMF and accused his rivals of “partners in crime”.

The candidate of La Libertad Avanza, Victoria Villarruel. Photo Martín Bonetto.

During the eight minutes where they could debate among themselves with little intervention from the moderators, Rossi responded to Villarruel for having suggested that he was from the “caste”. “What is not known is what she lives on, because just now is the first time he has a declared job”, he threw at him.

Milei’s slope was not far behind, and appealed to his past at the head of state spies: “You were head of the AFI and you say I never worked. You don’t have the folder right of me”. The current Chief of Staff responded to the shout of “dead fly”.

The FIT-Unidad candidate, Nicolás Del Caño.  Photo Martín Bonetto.The FIT-Unidad candidate, Nicolás Del Caño. Photo Martín Bonetto.

During the axis debate on the role of the State and social conflict, Del Caño brought to the arena the proposal of sale of organs that Milei suggested early in his presidential campaign.

Was of the most repeated chicanes by all the candidates, as well as the questions to the Villarruel’s link with repressors of the last military dictatorship.

Instead, the proposal to dollarize the economy of libertarians and the figure of Cristina Kirchner cso they were not brought into the conversation. In the latter case, in line with the low participation that he has had in Massa’s presidential campaign.

Just one try. Villarruel was the one who said that heto vice president this “quiet while the country burns.” Rossi replied: he invited her to listen to her on Saturday, when Cristina will present a book.

The candidate of Together for Change, Luis Petri.  Photo Martin BonettoThe candidate of Together for Change, Luis Petri. Photo Martin Bonetto

The third and last axis was security, defense and justice policy and he was the least agitated, despite the fact that Petri reproached Rossi the advance of drug trafficking and the high rates of insecurity. He also had words for Villarruel: “He has not presented a single security project in Congress.”

The cross questions of the vice candidates

The second module of the debate was based on questions that could be asked between the candidates. Each one could be chosen up to two times. Villarruel was the first to exhaust the possibilities of being elected, which denoted the interest of the rest in debating with the force that received the most votes in the PASO.


Also in this segment the strongest intersections occurred between the libertarian and the Kirchnerist. Milei’s candidate surprised by demanding Rossi’s appointment of César Milani as Chief of the Army Staff when he was suspected of crimes against humanity.

The first response of the then Minister of Defense was that It had been a decision by Cristina Kirchneralthough he later highlighted that the soldier was later acquitted of all the crimes he was accused of.

Rossi was not far behind, and questioned her about her visits to Jorge Rafael Videla in prison. The candidate said that she did it because she was researching a book and said that she also met with former Montoneros.

It was here that the current Chief of Staff launched one of the most pointed phrases of the debate against the libertarian: “You remind me of (Alfredo) Astiz, you saw that he infiltrated the organizations of the Mothers of Plaza de Mayo; you “You are an infiltrator of democracy.”

The candidate of Unión por la Patria, Agustín Rossi.  Photo Martín Bonetto.The candidate of Unión por la Patria, Agustín Rossi. Photo Martín Bonetto.

The debate concluded with a closing minute for each candidate, wasted by everyone, since his interventions did not come from the script.

Now it will be the turn of the presidential candidates who must appear in the two debates organized by the National Electoral Chamber. The first on October 1 in Santiago del Estero and the second on October 8, in the Buenos aires city.

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