Alberto Fernández’s Balancing Act in Argentina
Wednesday July 10th, 2019
“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.