Milei was at a service station yesterday to mark his criticism of the Government for the gasoline shortages (LLA Press)
As of today, there are only three weeks left for the runoff and, if the three days of ban are excluded, 19 days of the campaign. Against the clock, Javier Milei will seek to restart the campaign after a difficult week, where he was forced to advance without hesitation in an agreement with the PRO of Mauricio Macri and Patricia Bullrich even though he knew it would cause internal noises. And where he made an unforced error by appearing very unstable in an interview that had international repercussions due to his hilarious characteristics.
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Now, the libertarian candidate is faced with the challenge of pleasing the leadership; retain one’s own voters; and, at the same time, seduce the largest percentage of those who leaned towards Patricia Bullrich or did not go to vote. In space, naturally, they say they have serious possibilities. But the triumphalist airs that prevailed during the entire race towards the Generals were far away, before Sergio Massa took first place and LLA stagnated at the 30 percent it had obtained in the Primaries.
In addition, Milei must deal with the noises that occurred with the leaders of his own ranks in the province of Buenos Aires and even at the national level. The most faithful, despite the resentments, continue to stand by her and at the top believe that their own doubts about the distribution of positions in an eventual co-government have already been contained. At least until the election. The key was to postpone any definition in this regard.
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Yesterday she spoke for the first time after the LLA-PRO pact was sealed Victoria Villarruel, Milei’s running mate, who had – privately – objected to Bullrich’s arrival. Especially, due to the possibility that the former candidate is going to demand – or has been promised – decision-making power over the areas of Security, Defense and Justice. Exactly the sectors on which, it was decided until the General Elections, the candidate for vice from the right-wing space would have total ascendancy.
Villarruel is part of Milei’s political kidney; yesterday he made it clear that the areas of Security, Defense and Justice will function under his orbit in a future LLA government despite the pact with Bullrich
In an interview with radio Rivadavia, Villarruel highlighted the concept that they have been hammering on for weeks in LLA: that they are not talking about charges. However, he made it clear that those areas would remain in his hands: “Javier entrusted me with the area of Defense and Security, as well as certain issues related to these issues from other ministries. “I have been working for months on the task of integrating these areas with trained people who have no commitments to the current government,” he said.
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Although in the end, he tried to end the issue until the end of November. “We can agree on political areas, but it is not something that has been discussed this week. “I have met with PRO leaders, but we have not talked about this, since our immediate priority is to guarantee oversight,” she remarked.
Unlike Villarruel, who belongs to his kidney, there are many candidates who were elected whom Milei does not even know, because they were integrated through their shipowners, either in the interior or in the Buenos Aires territory, and who could give in to the seduction of the Peronist leadership managed by Sergio Massa. Rumors intensified Thursday that a group of elected PBA legislators were close to abandoning ship. And although this ultimately did not happen and was even denied, Milei distrusts his fidelity and tries to find those responsible for the transcended ones.
While dedicated to reducing political collateral damage, libertarians are focused as never before on not repeating unforced errors. They have been making this effort for weeks, even before the elections. For example, they had designated a handful of spokespersons to speak on behalf of the space. But then the case of deputy Lilia Lemoine occurred, who became the scapegoat for the defeat due to her project on renouncing paternity. And this week it was Milei himself who was involved in a gaffe of enormous proportions, when he appeared very unstable in an interview with A24.
No one in space dares to blame him. “He was tired,” different references excuse him. But under their breath, they grumble. “We are going to try to minimize the communication errors that occurred, in some cases known to everyone,” explained a libertarian leader. And, in the case of Milei himself, he added: “I don’t justify it, but this is very exhausting for any human being. There are many hours of exposure, and at some point we all have an outburst,” he said.
The pact between Milei and Bullrich, which was sealed with a photo together on TV, caused discord in LLA
From now on, libertarians will try to measure each step with extreme care, and insist that Milei and Bullrich will campaign separately. However, yesterday afternoon both agreed to launch exactly the same criticism of the Government, each one on their own. Macri’s former minister published a message on the social network While the presidential candidate spread a series of photos at a (another) service station. “The caste model always ends the same: with shortages or price increases,” he said. At LLA they do not deny that they are going to coordinate the messages. But they emphasize that there will be no photos or tours or joint press conferences.
In addition to touring the territory, their elected deputies and senators began to build bridges with “the other side” (although first they had a joint conclave among themselves, because they do not have an oiled bond, and many met in person recently). They have already begun to speak with legislative representatives of other forces, especially the PRO, with whom they will try to ally as of December 10.
“We are not certain if we are going to have an interblock. But at least there will be a lot of dialogue and ease of consensus for projects where we have similarities of ideas to rethink what is needed for the country,” said one of the elected deputies. While an elected senator added: “All senators with a mandate until the 25th or 27th are going to have to support our reforms. We are in a deep crisis. We see a Congress where no force is going to have an automatic majority. But it doesn’t work with the math that journalists do, it’s not one plus one,” he said.