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The debate and dermoscopy inspired the left in the Galician battle

A national political leader confessed a few days ago his confusion about the polls in the Galician elections: more than half of those interviewed advocate change, but up to 70% believe that the victory of the PP is certain. The first obsession of the left parties before the 18-F is to eliminate the feeling that the fifth absolute majority of the popular parties is inevitable. After the first days of the campaign, even though no one can dispute the fact that PP is the favorite, the spirit of its opponents rose. The left and nationalism began to see gaps in popular energy and the conviction was formed that, at least, “there is a party” ahead.

The week began for the opponents of the PP with the first injection of optimism from José Félix Tezanos, whose survey, for the first time, left the current president and candidate for re-election, Alfonso Rueda, without an absolute majority. No matter how much doubt the CIS arouses and even if no other institution of opinion puts the Popular Party in such a scenario, the general trend of other polls already puts the Popular Party at the limit of most. So the conclusions from the Tezanos laboratory gave a moral boost to Rueda’s opponents. And they coincided with the debate with the candidates of PP, BNG, PSdeG-PSOE, Sumar and Podemos of TVG, which left a good impression on the opposition, especially the nationalists.

Rueda suffered for two hours to fend off attacks from all sides. If the intention of the PP was to show the divisions of the left, the opposite happened. The president himself recognized this Tuesday in his own way, when he complained about a “coordinated plan” by the other four parties that would put him in trouble. If there is no surprise, the program’s audience – 18% of the screen share – exceeded three points in the debates of the two previous regional elections led by Alberto Núñez Feijóo without breaking a sweat. There is still left on the 14th of TVE, but the PP announced on Tuesday that Rueda and any of its representatives will not participate.

For some time now, the PP has sought to position the BNG as almost an opponent. This is shown in the polls and that makes it easier for the popular party to try to mix the dispute in Galicia with the Government of Pedro Sánchez and its agreements with the independentists. Rueda repeated the maneuver in the debate. Abandoning the socialist José Ramón Gómez Besteiro, he sought a confrontation with the leader of the BNG, Ana Pontón, who strongly opposed him. The PP raises the fear that, with Pontón, Galicia will be radicalized “like Catalonia and Euskadi.” So far, the strategy seems to have no effect, because even 40% of PP voters agree with Pontón, according to CIS.

The nationalist candidate took a short train ride on Tuesday to criticize the shortcomings of connections within Galicia and presented his plan to create an autonomous railway entity. Pontón put aside messages with a greater burden of identity, focused on tangible problems and continued talks of reconciliation. Commenting on the hangover of the debate, he assured that if the PP loses the majority, he will try to “install a Government that represents all the plurality that exists in Galicia.” Among the forces of the left, only Sumar’s candidate, Marta Lois, has openly stated that her goal is to lead the coalition of BNG and PSdeG. The nationalists and socialists did not express it clearly, but it was neglected and expressed in messages like Pontón: “I want another way of governing, from dialogue, an outstretched hand and the ability to listening and reaching an agreement, then in 15 years of the PP that used the absolute majority in an absolutist way.”

The former president of the Government, Jose Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, with the presidential candidate of the Xunta de Galicia, Jose Ramón Gómez Besteiro, this Tuesday.ÓSCAR CORRAL
Pontón, Besteiro and Lois agreed on a conclusion after the debate: “Rueda is nervous.” “They have been saying for two years that I am nervous,” answered the PP candidate. While the popular, especially in the invasions of Feijóo, appealed the vote against Sánchez, PSOE and Sumar insisting on the same idea, repeated this Tuesday by Besteiro and Lois: appeal to the survivors of the election in July the left coalition in the central government, despite the fact that “everyone said it was difficult or almost impossible,” in the words of the socialist candidate.

If there is anyone today who has been able to raise the morale of the socialist troops, it is José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, as proved in July. The former president made his debut in the Galician campaign on Tuesday, supporting Besteiro in front of a thousand people in A Coruña, where he insisted on the call repeated by the PSdeG: “This election is in the hands of socialist militants and sympathizers.” “Only the PSOE knows how to make a surprise and come back; Only the PSOE can and should do this,” he said.

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