Economy Minister and presidential hopeful Sergio Massa promised to “work himself to the bone” to feel “proud” of his work if he is elected president, in his first campaign video published today on his social media.
“Have no doubt that I’ll work myself to the bone so that, if I am elected president, the day I leave, I will be proud of what I have done,” he said.
Massa visited the Buenos Aires province district of San Martín, his hometown. The video shows him speaking to some teachers who live in the area about their economic situation. There, the teachers said they want politicians to understand how lower-middle-class people live.
“I make decisions every day. Ruling is making decisions that have to do with keeping the country working,” the economy minister said.
He also said that “Argentina is a fabulous country” and that priorities need to be sorted, which is a “load of work” itself.
Massa gave his first campaign speech as Unión por la Patria (UxP) presidential candidate on Monday in a rally in Buenos Aires province, where he appeared alongside Governor Axel Kicillof, who will be running for reelection, Interior Minister Eduardo ‘Wado’ De Pedro, and national deputy Máximo Kirchner.
“We have a tough one ahead of us, but I will leave every drop of sweat, every cubic centimeter of blood to ensure victory,” said Massa, just a few hours after participating in his first appearance as presidential candidate alongside Vice President Cristina Kirchner at an event to repatriate an aircraft that was used to murder victims of state terrorism during Argentina’s last dictatorship.
Massa’s candidacy was unexpectedly announced just a day before the ticket registration deadline, after much speculation about De Pedro being the candidate alongside Tucumán Governor Juan Manzur as vice president.
As Vice President Cristina Kirchner later explained, Massa was the chosen candidate for a unified ticket, i.e. a single list of the most widely-backed candidates, with the support of President Alberto Fernández, many of the governors and a large part of the ruling coalition.
“If there had been [intra-coalition primaries], Wado was our candidate,” she said, referring to the Kirchnerite faction.
Despite Massa being the representative of Peronism’s bid for unity heading toward the October elections, social leader Juan Grabois will also compete for the UxP’s nomination.