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TV debate fails to derail Roussef's Brazilian bandwagon

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TV debate fails to derail Roussef's Brazilian bandwagon


Dilma Rousseff appears on track to become Brazil’s first female president after easing through the last TV debate before tomorrow’s run-off election.

Despite a wobble a few weeks ago, Rousseff has regained momentum with all the polls giving the ruling party candidate a double digit lead.

‘‘The president of the republic must deal with the real and concrete lives of the people and not with number and abstract entities that don’t have to do with the daily life nor experiences each Brazilian lives through,’‘ the Brazilian presidential candidate Dilma Rousseff said.

Roussef’s opponent Jose Serra used the debate to push his argument that Brazil should be doing better.

‘‘I have much hope and confidence that we can move Brazil forward regarding security, health, education and in the direction of a strong, solid economy that can guarantee and generate more jobs in the future,’‘ Serra said.

The televised set piece was a final chance for Serra to corner his opponent, but most observers agree the debates have done little to change the race.

Fully electronic, voting is mandatory in Brazil, the world’s fourth populous democracy. All the indicators give Rousseff just over 50 percent of the vote, with Serra trailing well behind. She is expected to continue outgoing President Lula’s mix of market friendly policies and social programs if she wins.

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