The Argentine president, Mauricio Macri, began his "yes you can" campaign on Saturday with a massive mobilization in Buenos Aires, the first of the thirty cities he intends to visit to win back voters in the face of the presidential elections of October 27 October.
"Today the 'yes you can' march begins, 30 days across the country, shoulder to shoulder, all this October that we are not resigned because we know that a better country is possible and is much closer than we can see", Macri said as he spoke to the thousands of people who gathered in the streets of the capital district of Belgrano to show his support for the president.
The governor thanked the "demonstration of love" of the people who approached with support posters and Argentine flags.
The mobilization in the capital is the first of the thirty points of all the country that Macri promises to visit as part of the so-called "march of the yes you can", with which the official coalition Together for Change intends to give new impetus to its campaign to reverse the severe setback suffered in the primary of August 11.
In those elections, Macri, who aspires to remain in the Casa Rosada for another four years, obtained 31.79% of the votes, sixteen points less than his main electoral rival, the Peronist Alberto Fernández, who, sharing formula with the former president Cristina Fernández (2007-2015), accounted for 47.78% of the votes.
"You can turn this election. Of course you can! But for that I need them like this, more mobilized than ever, more convinced than ever, more passionate than ever to go out and convince every friend, every family member, every partner of work that another country is possible, "said Macri.
He admitted that the last year and a half, marked by the economic recession, "was very difficult" and that the "middle class was the one who made the greatest effort."
"I want to tell you that I listened to you, that it doesn't piss me off, but I also want to tell you that what is coming is different. Now comes growth, work, salary improvement," he promised.
Macri arrived at Barrancas de Belgrano, one of the most affluent neighborhoods in the capital, riding a train that he took with his wife, Juliana Awada, at a station near the presidential residence of Olivos, on the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires.
He descended at the Barrancas station and, supported by members of the Government and militants of the ruling party, climbed on a mobile stage to speak from there to the congregated crowd, which represents a turn regarding the campaign strategy for the primaries, where the acts were smaller and with less contact with people.
Accompanied by Elisa Carrió, leader of the Civic Coalition - a member of the ruling front -, the candidate for vice president of Juntos por el Cambio, the Peronist Miguel Ángel Pichetto, and the mayor of the capital, Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, who also aspires to re-election, Macri defended values such as democracy and peace and policies such as the "fight" against drug trafficking, the mafia and impunity.
"I will always be there to defend them. This is worth it, being here, giving this battle, defending these ideas is worth it because this is our country, our future and our way of life. That is why I tell you that you can! "he exclaimed.
The "yes you can" march, which will continue on Monday in the Buenos Aires city of Junin, was convened about ten days ago by the president himself through his social media profiles.
In those messages, Macri said that from Together for Change they will arrive on October 27 "totally determined to win" and asked his followers to convince family and friends of the importance of attending the mobilizations.
The ruling party is thus willing to fight in the hope of reaching a second electoral round, which will happen if none of the candidates obtains 45% of the affirmative votes in October or more than 40% and 10 percentage points above their Main competitor needed to prevail in the first round.
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