Argentina’s Political Landscape: Bullrich and Morales Stand Against Massa’s Proposal
Presidential Candidate Patricia Bullrich’s Visit to Jujuy
Following a successful outcome for the Juntos por el Cambio (Together for Change) party in Mendoza, presidential candidate Patricia Bullrich embarked on a mission to Jujuy. Her trip served a dual purpose – to recover votes lost in the north of the country during the last primaries to Javier Milei, and to align herself with the governor and UCR president, Gerardo Morales. Morales has been a target for Sergio Massa, the official candidate, who hopes to form a “national unity government” should he be elected.
Morales Rejects Massa’s Invitation
Despite Massa’s attempts to court him, Morales has vehemently rejected any association with him. Instead, he has underscored his unwavering allegiance to Patricia Bullrich and the Juntos por el Cambio party. He asserted that the entirety of the radicalism is rooted in Juntos por el Cambio. The party’s eight governors predominantly hail from the Radical Civic Union (UCR), with the remainder being from Pro and Pro allies.
Massa’s Attempt to Divide Juntos por el Cambio
An event in Salta, attended by Morales and his Corrientes counterpart Gustavo Valdés, saw Massa pledging to form a “national unity government” with leaders from different parties should he win the upcoming presidential elections. This invitation was interpreted as a direct message to the radical party, a group Massa is attempting to sway. Massa is well aware of the party’s strained relationship with former President Mauricio Macri and the Pro’s hard wing. His proposal has sparked a flurry of rumors within and outside Juntos por el Cambio.
Morales and Bullrich’s Joint Press Conference
Morales, in an attempt to quell the speculation, emphasized that his meeting with Massa was an “institutional act” aimed at benefiting the provinces of the North Grande in their endeavours to generate clean energy for the country. At a press conference with Bullrich, Morales reaffirmed his commitment to JxC and Bullrich.
Bullrich’s Campaign Team’s Response to Massa’s Strategy
Bullrich’s campaign team believes that Massa’s attempts to incite discord within Juntos por el Cambio is a desperate move by the official candidate. The team argues that Massa’s concern is rooted in the lack of support reflected in the polls, which do not favor his entry into the ballotage. On the other hand, Bullrich’s numbers are showing an upward trend. According to them, this is the primary reason behind Massa’s attempts to cause disruption.
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