Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Brazil: President Rousseff, Marina Silva Exchange Barbs During Presidential Debate

According to The Latin American Tribune, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and her main rival in the October 5 presidential election, Marina Silva, attacked each other’s economic plans and accused each other of creating policies that foster unemployment on Monday (September 1) in the second televised debate of the campaign. 

The differences between the two candidates resulted in some extremely tense moments and colorful exchanges that lasted the duration of the debate, which was organized by SBT television and other media outlets. 

Also participating in the debate was Social Democrat Aecio Neves, who is running third in voting polls, along with five other candidates. 

COMMENT: Voter surveys say that Rousseff and Silva are virtually neck and neck in the runup to the first electoral round, and they mutually accused each other of placing the Brazilian economy in danger with their proposals and threatening the country with a resurgence in unemployment. 

Silva became the PSB (Partido Socialista Brasileiro) candidate after party president Eduardo Campos died two weeks ago in a plane crash, and since then she has shot up in the polls and knocked President Rousseff out of her unchallenged No. 1 spot.