Argentina’s five presidential candidates — Myriam Bregman (Frente de Izquierda y de los Trabajadores, FIT), Patricia Bullrich (Juntos por el Cambio, JxC), Segio Massa (Unión por la Patria, UxP), Javier Milei (La Libertad Avanza, LLA), Juan Schiaretti (Hacemos por Nuestro Pais, HNP) — squared off in Santiago del Estero on Sunday for the first of two presidential debates. Topics included the economy, education, human rights, and democratic coexistence.
The event drew huge ratings, peaking at 42 points during its second hour across multiple networks. Fortunately, the Internet was watching as well, and it did not disappoint with its memes and viral jokes.
Here are a few of our favorites — and a brief explanation of what they’re all about for those unfamiliar with the debate rules or the candidates themselves.
That poor reply button
Each participant had five 45-second opportunities to counter the claims and assertions of the other candidates. Unfortunately, everyone seemed to burn through theirs in the economy portion of the proceedings, making things extremely awkward during the second hour of the debate, as one X user observed.
La segunda mitad del debate porque todos se gastaron los derechos a réplica al toque. pic.twitter.com/zABvvDQDoY— Nahuel Lanzón (@nahuelzn) October 2, 2023