Band broadcasts, today, the first debate and Plataforma introduces the candidates
Today, at 10 p.m. local time, Band holds the first TV debate between eight of the candidates for the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil. The debate will also be broadcast in Plataforma. The debate will be divided into five blocks. The first one will be opened with a question drawn from suggestions submitted by readers of Metro Jornal. After answering the question, and still in the first block, the candidates will ask questions among themselves. In the third block, they will ask questions among themselves again. In the second and fourth blocks, the candidates will answer questions from the TV station journalists. The journalist asks a question and chooses another candidate to reply.
Plataforma now presents you a small profile regarding the candidates for the Presidency:
Álvaro Dias, representing one of the richest and most conservative states in Brazil, Paraná, where he was governor and currently is a senator, made a long-standing career in the center-right Brazilian Social Democracy Party (Partido Social Democrata Brasileiro - PSDB). Eternally overlooked as a presidential candidate, he left PSDB in 2015 to try his luck in the Green Party (Partido Verde - PV), but only now, in the newly founded Podemos (PODE), was he able to enter the dispute. In surveys, however, there's a 1% fluctuation of the votes' intention.
What to expect in the debate: a politician with a classic and restrained style, punctually exalts himself in defense of one of his ideas, but will not enter into conflicts with rivals. He should maintain some discretion.
On the web:
Facebook: @ ad.alvarodias
Another representative of a wealthy and conservative state, Santa Catarina, Daciolo was a corporal of the Fire Department before becoming a federal deputy. He began his political career in the left-wing Socialism and Liberty Party (Partido Socialismo e Liberdade - PSOL), from which he was expelled after proposing an amendment to the Constitution aimed at replacing the first paragraph of the Magna Carta from "all power emanates from people" to "all power emanates from God." He was the defendant in a case of criminal association until he was acquitted by a law that he himself created and that gave amnesty to police officers and firemen involved in strikes. In surveys, he gathers not even 0.1% of the voting intentions.
What to expect in the debate: an unknown card, Daciolo should take advantage of Bolsonaro's popularity to "surf" next to him in the debate, as a kind of "moral support."
On the web:
Twice governor of the largest and richest state in Brazil, São Paulo, Geraldo Alckmin tries for the second time to be president with the Brazilian Social Democratic Party. In his first try, in 2008, he was defeated by Lula da Silva, in the second round, with 39% of the votes. Considered a politician with little appeal outside his home state, Alckmin was slow to take off in the polls, but he is gaining ground: he oscillates between 14% and 15% of the voting intentions, second (or third, in the polls that still have the name of Lula da Silva).
What to expect in the debate: Alckmin should present himself as a moderate Bolsonaro option. He is soft-spoken something that is sometimes confused with apathy. His big challenge is to thrill the audience.
On the web:
Senator for the remote state of Acre, Marina Silva tries for the third time to be president of Brazil. In 2010, she was a candidate for the Green Party (Partido Verde - PV), in 2014 for the Brazilian Socialist Party (Partido Socialista Brasileiro - PSB), and now for the Sustainability Network (Rede Sustentabilidade - Rede). In previous attempts, she won third place, with about 20 million votes. The environmental cause is Marina Silva's platform, who also has an appeal among conservative evangelical voters, this pushes her away from the left-wing progressive electorate. In the polls, she appears behind Geraldo Alckmin, ranging from 6% to 8%.
What to expect in the debate: sober and measured, despite the fragile appearance and low voice, Marina Silva does not flee a fight. In times of economic crisis, unemployment and ideological upheaval, however, the environmental discourse loses its force.
On the web:
Facebook: @ marinasilva.oficial
Federal deputy for Rio de Janeiro, the army captain Jair Bolsonaro tries to be president of Brazil for the first time through the Social Liberal Party (Partido Social Liberal - PSL) where he made port after leaving the Progressive Party (Partido Progressista - PP) Controversial, Bolsonaro is a right-wing candidate and defends controversial ideas, such as women having to earn less than men, civilian gun ownership and the death penalty. He responds to a case of lack of parliamentary decorum after telling a plenary colleague that she was "so ugly that she did not deserve to be raped" and says that his bedside book is the biography of General Brilhante Ulstra, a notorious torturer during the Military Dictatorship. In spite of this, he leads the surveys on intention of vote (when Lula da Silva is not mentioned), oscillating in the 18%.
What to expect from the debate: for better and for worse, he will be the star of the debate, either for the mocking way he treats his rivals in, or for the inaccurate and false information he usually utters.
On the web:
Leader of the Movement of Homeless Workers (Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Teto), Boulos tries for the first time to be president of Brazil with the Socialism and Freedom Party (Partido Socialismo e Liberdade - PSOL). For defending the occupation of real estate by the contingent of Brazilian people with no place to live, under the motto "if housing is a privilege, occupation is a right," Boulos is the Brazilian elite and upper-middle class nightmare. He was virtually unknown to the electorate until he was one of the speakers in defense of former President Lula da Silva's freedom. This, however, did not stop him from stagnating in the surveys, having only 1% of voting intention.
What to expect in the debate: articulated and concise, Boulos knows how to defend his arguments with clarity and does not spare opponents from attacks. Will take advantage of the debate to become better known to the public.
On the web
Current Minister of Finance under Michel Temer and the former president of the Central Bank during Lula da Silva's second term, Henrique Meirelles is the name for the Brazilian Democratic Movement (Movimento Democrático Brasileiro - MDB), the party that, still under the name PMDB, had three presidents (José Sarney, Itamar Franco and Temer), none of whom were elected - they all were vice-presidents who took office after the death (Sarney, with Tancredo Neves) or impeachment of the incumbent (Itamar succeeding Fernando Collor, and Temer succeeding Dilma Rousseff). Holding the majority in the House of Representatives and in the Senate, the party's support is fundamental to govern. MDB has only recently confirmed Meirelles as a candidate, who registers 1% in the polls.
What to expect in the debate: newcomer to the campaigns, Meirelles, a good economist, will rely on data and statistics, which should not help him to be understood by voters.
On the web
Instagram: @ henriquemeirelles.real
Former governor of Ceará, in the Northeast, Ciro Gomes was minister in the governments of Itamar Franco and Lula da Silva. He disputed two presidential elections, in 1998 and 2002, both for the Popular Socialist Party (Partido Popular Socialista - PPS). After a long period in the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), he joined the Democratic Labor Party (PDT), a legendary party perpetuated by names such as former president and dictator Getúlio Vargas and former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Leonel Brizola, who after the "Vargas Era" reoriented the party to the left. Despite the left-wing varnish, Ciro Gomes has a conservative political trajectory, closer to the center. Even so, he was considered as the name to be "anointed" by Lula da Silva as the heir to the political estate. In the polls, he maintains the "historical average" as a presidential candidate, by oscillating between 6% and 8% in the voting intention.
What to expect in the debate: Ciro Gomes is articulate and ironic. With a short fuse, he does not flee provocation and can turn an attack into a successful form of mockery. He should star in the best moments with Bolsonaro.
On the web
Tweeter: @ cirogomes