The tone rose during the final televised debate between Lula and Jair Bolsonaro on Friday, October 28, two days before the second round of Brazil’s presidential election. For more than two hours on TV Globo, the country’s most-watched channel, the two candidates continued to accuse each other of lying, damaging the exposure of the four-year concrete plans at stake in Sunday’s vote.
“This guy is the biggest liar in the history of Brazil”Left-wing ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, 77, launched from the first minutes of the debate broadcast on TV Globo, the country’s most watched channel.
“Do we have to exorcise him to stop him from lying?” »The far-right head of state responded in part. “He takes himself”Little father of the poor”» , He included Mr Bolsonaro, 67, before calling on Lula “the bandit”.
“I’m not here to answer [aux provocations] Of my enemy, I have come to speak to the people of Brazil.”A left-wing icon called the far-right president “unbalanced”.
“Do you take Viagra? »Bolsonaro specifically asked Lula to account for the controversial purchase of 35,000 prescription pills for the military.
The debate took place in the home of an often cynical campaign full of low-profile hits and massive misinformation on social media.
Lula slightly increased his lead in the latest poll by benchmark institute Datafolha, published on Thursday, with 53% expressing voting intentions, compared to 47% for the far-right president. A gap of six points compared to just four points last week.
International politics discussed
With this advantage, and if the polls are true, “Lula can be content to play for a draw, while Bolsonaro needs to win by multiple goals” During Friday’s debate, Josias de Sousa, a political columnist at the UOL news site, said with a soccer metaphor that Brazilians love.
“The only thing that can change the tide is the televised debate, 55% of voters say that this is the most important moment for their decision. The slightest slip can be decisive for the final result »political scientist and director of polling firm Quast told Agence France-Presse Philippe Nunes.
In the only face-to-face between Lula and Bolsonaro, on October 16, at the Bandirandes Channel, the exchanges were less aggressive than before. During the debates before the first round, hateful comments erupted on both sides, uniting the other candidates.
This time, beyond the verbal game, Friday evening’s fight was also physical. Each candidate tried to best occupy the ground in the studio, turned into a field of merciless fighting.
“Stay here, Lula! »said the outgoing president, while his opponent turned him away. “No, I don’t want to be near you!” »responded the former steelworker, who often got very close to the cameras and addressed the audience face-to-face.
The debate was repeatedly interrupted by knives from campaign groups in an attempt to disrupt the candidates.
Lula attacked his opponent on his international policy, which had not been touched on during previous televised debates. “Under your government, Brazil has become a massive country. Nobody wants to get you, nobody comes here”He launched the former head of state (2003-2010), recalling his dignified reception at the Elysee Palace by French President Emmanuel Macron in November 2021.
“It’s a counter-argument that can change the situation with little innovation.”Political columnist Otavio Guedes said on the Globonews channel after the debate.
Hiccup in Bolsonaro camp
In the first round, on October 2, Lula came out on top with 48% of the vote, 43% against Jair Bolsonaro. But the far-right president’s numbers were far higher than forecasts had predicted, giving him some campaign momentum between rounds.
However, this momentum has been slowed by two major hiccups: unpleasant statements by Economy Minister Paulo Guedes indicating that the increase in the minimum wage can no longer be indexed to inflation, and police officers injured by the incredulous questioning grenades of a former Bolsonaro representative.
President Bolsonaro, who has muted his criticism of the electronic ballot system, found a new hobby horse this week: a denunciation of alleged irregularities in the radio broadcast of the election campaign.
The High Electoral Tribunal (TSE) rejected the request of the state president’s campaign team, arguing that no evidence had been submitted. “Electoral Crime” And a try “Second Round of Destabilization”.
According to experts, after Donald Trump loses the US presidential election in January 2021, Mr. Bolsonaro is preparing the ground. .
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