Members of the campaign of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) believe that the last debate between presidential candidates, broadcast by Globo, opened up fronts for establishing alliances in the event of a second round. The most natural is the conversation with Simone Tebet (MDB), but PT members are also betting on easing up with Ciro Gomes’ PDT, and hope that the clash between Jair Bolsonaro (PL) and Soraya Thronicke will make it difficult for a future alliance between the current president and the União Brasil, the senator’s party.
Behind the scenes, Lula’s campaign believes that it will be able to attract Simone Tebet to the platform in the event of a second round. The MDB is split in this year’s elections and part of the party supports PT in the first round. The debate, say Lula’s allies, corroborated the perception that it is possible to dialogue with the senator in search of support. Despite criticizing the polarization between Lula and Bolsonaro, Simone was one of the most assertive candidates in the demands of the current president and had one of the only moments of question and propositional answer with the PT on the environment.
In addition, PT members praised the performance of the MDB candidate in all presidential debates.
Ciro Gomes, in turn, has already declared that he will not support Lula in the event of a second round between the former president and Bolsonaro. A former ally of PT, Ciro has shown resentment with the PT’s strategy of trying to capture useful votes in the final stretch to settle the election in the first round. Lula’s campaign dreamed of getting closer to the pedetista, but the illusion was shattered when Ciro raised the tone of the attacks on the PT, calling into question the honesty of a son of the former president and affirming that there is a “left fascism” in this election.
Despite this, one of the coordinators of Lula’s campaign believes that the former president did not go after Ciro in the debate on Globo, which tends to facilitate dialogue with the PDT. Lula has already stated that a possible rapprochement would be made through the presidents of the parties, discarding Ciro Gomes from the negotiation with the PT.
The situation with União Brasil is more complex. The party is the result of the merger between the DEM and the PSL, Bolsonaro’s former acronym. Broken with the former ally, the current president of the party, Luciano Bivar gave up on being a candidate and started to negotiate support for Lula. The acronym, however, did not embrace the movement and maintained its own candidacy, this time through Soraya.
The way Bolsonaro referred to the candidate in the debate on Thursday, 29, however, fuels the idea of resuming talks with the party in the event of a second round. Bolsonaro said that Soraya Thronicke was playing the role of “orange” and that she “likes positions, lying down and rolling around”.
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