Alberto Fernández’s Balancing Act in Argentina

Wednesday July 10th, 2019

Is the presidential hopeful distancing himself from his running mate?

“When I don’t agree with something, I say no.”

In his first official campaign ad, Argentine presidential hopeful Alberto Fernández sent a subtle message to voters: Former President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner may be my running mate, but I’m not her puppet.

“Cristina thinks I’m a peacemaker, and it’s true,” Fernández said in the ad, which premiered online on July 6 and on television the next day. “But when it’s necessary, I know how to put things in order.”

Like a second video that followed, the ad only briefly referenced Fernández’s high-profile running mate, underscoring the delicate balance he’ll have to strike between unifying a fractured Peronist movement and creating enough distance from Kirchner to win over skeptical voters outside her base.

Read full article: https://www.americasquarterly.org/content/alberto-fernndezs-balancing-act-argentina

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