After a busy week that includes events in Salta and Neuquén, and also in Ensenada and six other suburban districts, added to the announcement of a bonus aimed at improving the income of informal workers , Sergio Massa took a break from his agenda this Thursday campaign with the goal of preparing for the presidential debate that will take place this Sunday. As confirmed by those around him, the candidate of the Unión por la Patria entered the final phase of planning the first competition he will have with the rest of the candidates in Santiago del Estero, focused on the axes of education and economy. The current minister of that area has already announced that during the debate he will announce the name of who will occupy that portfolio if he wins the election. Similarly, Massa accompanied the developments in the marathon Senate session where the income reform he advocated ended up being approved.
From the Unión por la Patria campaign command they revealed that Massa has been “training” his team of communication advisors and some of his closest leaders, to have a “good performance” in the debate. In addition to who will be his Minister of Economy if he wins the election, Massa will also reveal the name of the official who will be in charge of the Central Bank (it is estimated that it could be Leonardo Madcur), Javier Milei – who voted . site of a runoff with the minister – want to “destroy.” It will also confirm that the directors of this organization “will be half pro-government and half opposition”, following the proposal of a hypothetical “unity government” that it plans when it reaches La Rosada and that it will attack against governors from the great north, including radicals from Corrientes, Gustavo Valdés, and from Jujuy, Gerardo Morales.
The keys to the debate for Massa
For the debate, Massa is also preparing to show the reform of Income, under the motto “less taxes for workers.” He will also point to some of the measures he has taken in recent weeks at the head of the Ministry of Economy, with the aim of declaring that “the way out of the crisis is to recover income.” Part of that package has the support of the CGT, which is preparing to celebrate today in front of Congress.
According to reports, the Catalan advisor, Antoni Gutiérrez Rubí, the deputy chief of staff, Juan Manuel Olmos, and the communication advisor of the Frente Renovador, Santiago García Vázquez, are working on the debate.
“There are people who indicate their vote in the debates,” Massa said in a streaming interview with Alejandro Fantino on Wednesday night. Asked about how he prepares, the minister said “you study a little about the topics, what others might ask you, what goals you have, what message you want to give.”
“I think there are a lot of people who are going to watch this in hopes of finding something that will give them a reason to choose someone,” the candidate said of his expectations for the debate, and added that it serves both to “confirm perceptions.” which looks like “open illusions” to potential voters.
Roasts with opponents
His relationship with radicalism has given him a crossover with Mauricio Macri. The former president criticized several UCR leaders for talking and “eating barbecue” with Massa. “You should be careful and distance yourself, at least until the campaign is over. Then those who want to continue eating barbecue and talking to him should do so,” suggested the former president. Asked about these sayings, Massa was strong and ironic: “Macri is bleeding from the wound because there are leaders in his space who eat barbecue in my house, as if eating barbecue is a sin,” he said.
The minister defended the political dialogue he continued with members of the opposition who, as he suggested, included many PRO leaders. “Half of his own party has been active with us for a long time,” he added, and named as part of that list the former head of the Chamber of Deputies, Emilio Monzó, who recently said he would vote for him in one hypothetical second round against Milei.