Brazil’s presidential election runoff has come to life after ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff slammed her opponent Jose Serra in a televised debate.
She called Serra a “pawn of foreign investors” and accused him of running a smear campaign as she tries to halt Serra’s momentum in the polls ahead of the Oct 31 vote:
“To defend the privatisation of natural resources means to take money out of the country for investment in quality education, science and technology, environment, investment in culture, health and in making policies for Brazil to have a passport for the future,“ she said.
Serra claims she changed her stance on abortion and religion after she started to dip in the polls.
Serra said : “I’ve never defended freedom of abortion; there is no evidence of that. You defended it. I’m not making a value judgement regarding it, you defended it and all of sudden changed, you said the contrary and now claim you are a victim. It’s the same regarding God, first you don’t know if you believe or not, then all of a sudden you are devout.”
Dilma, the candidate of choice of the widely popular President Lula da Silva saw her lead over Serra plummet from 20 per cent to a mere seven per cent.
Many believe the TV debate will have had little influence on the outcome as the programme struggled for an audience as it was broadcast at the same time as the weekend’s football matches.