- Title: Argentina's Macri launches election push with Buenos Aires march
- Date: 29th September 2019
- Summary: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (SEPTEMBER 28, 2019) (REUTERS) ARGENTINA'S PRESIDENT MAURICIO MACRI WAVING TO SUPPORTERS PEOPLE WAVING ARGENTINE FLAGS AT RALLY FOR MACRI (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT MAURICIO MACRI, SAYING: "You all know what I am going to say, you are waiting for me to tell you. Yes, we can, yes we can get to a second round in the election. Of course we can." VARIOUS OF MACRI SUPPORTERS WAVING ARGENTINE FLAGS (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT MAURICIO MACRI, SAYING: "That's why we need you more mobilised than ever, more sure than ever, more passionate than ever, to go out and convince every friend, every co-worker, every family member; that another type of country is possible. There is another possibility for everyone and we need everyone to join." VARIOUS OF MACRI SUPPORTERS AT RALLY (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) PRESIDENT MAURICIO MACRI, SAYING: "I know that these years, especially the last year, has been very difficult. I know that you, the middle class, are the ones who have made the greatest effort. But I want to tell you that I have listened, I have taken note, I have understood."
- Embargoed: 13th October 2019 03:35
- Keywords: economy President Mauricio Macri Argentina election debt candidate campaign Alberto Fernandez Buenos Aires
- Location: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- City: BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA
- Country: Argentina
- Topics: Government/Politics,Elections/Voting
- Reuters ID: LVA001AYPM3IF
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Argentine President Mauricio Macri told a crowd of thousands of supporters on Saturday (September 28) that he could still turn the tide and win the upcoming presidential election, despite his main opponent's wide lead.
The event, which drew massive crowds to the Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Belgrano, was the first of 30 marches across the South American country that Macri called for as part of his re-election campaign ahead of the Oct. 27 presidential election.
Macri told the crowd he understood the message voters sent him in the primary election.
Macri lost serious ground in the Aug. 11 primary election to Peronist opposition candidate Alberto Fernandez, who is now widely expected to win the election. The stunning results of the primary - a nearly 16-point lead by Fernandez- sparked a market sell-off and eventually led the government to introduce currency controls in order to stop a slide in the peso currency.
On Saturday supporters held blue and white balloons, waved Argentine flags and carried signs reading "yes, we can," the slogan Macri has used in his social media posts to garner support for his campaign.
The march, which was also attended by several prominent politicians from Macri's coalition, represents his first major campaign effort since his primary election defeat. Recent polling predicts that Fernandez has enough support to win the election outright in October.
(Production: Horacio Soria, Claudia Martini, Paul Vieira)
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