In a harsh message to his own party, the senator Renan Calheiros (MDB-AL) guaranteed that he will go to the end in his efforts to convince the MDB to bury his colleague’s candidacy once and for all Simone Tebet (MDB-MT) to the Planalto Palace. This week’s interviewee Yellow On Air, VEJA’s talk show, Renan said that he considers the plan to launch his own name in the dispute insane. According to him, the MDB runs the risk of leaving the polls even smaller in October.
Renan talked to Amarelas On Air just before meeting this Wednesday afternoon with the former president Michel Temer, to discuss the direction of the MDB in the presidential race. The senator stated that, if he insists on a candidacy with low performance in the polls, the party will repeat what happened in 2018, when former minister Henrique Meirelles ended the race for the Planalto Palace with just over 1% of the voting intentions. .
“It is insanity that you want, in such a context of polarization, to maintain a candidacy with 1% of the votes, repeating what happened with the candidacy of (Henrique) Meirelles. Repeating what happened with Meirelles leaves us, like, a little low ”, he said.
Renan reiterated his preference for supporting the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, but admitted that the MDB could, at least, choose not to have a candidate and release state platforms. Regarding his support for Lula, he reiterated his criticism of the president Jair Bolsonaro and said that it is time for PT and MDB to overcome the hurts left by the impeachment of the former president Dilma Rousseff.
Asked about the fact that former President Lula once again raised the thesis of a “coup”, in an interview with the magazine Team, Renan added: “I think this should all be left behind. It is necessary to discuss Brazil. This is a very significant election. Perhaps the most important election in the entire history of the country”. According to him, it is not just a matter of choosing between government programs. “This election will put good on one side and evil on the other. On one side the light, on the other the darkness”, he amended.
Renan defended that Lula seek all possible support to expand the range of alliances and defeat President Jair Bolsonaro. He even proposed an effort to attract names like Ciro Gomes (PDT) and João Doria (PSDB), despite the differences between these candidates in relation to Lula.
With the presentation of this columnist, the Yellow On Air was inspired by the traditional Yellow pages, which appear in the print edition of VEJA. Every week, the program welcomes a new guest, always a relevant name in the political and economic scene. The interview is carried out by a group composed of journalists from VEJA and guests. In this edition, the editor of Brasil de VEJA, José Benedito, and the director of Journalism Content of Grupo Bandeirantes, André Basbaum, were present on the bench.
THE Yellow On Air it is part of VEJA’s digital strategy, which includes the expansion of the video and multimedia projects area. The program premiered in September last year and, since then, has received big names from the country’s political and economic scene. The interview with Renan Calheiros will be broadcast simultaneously on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. It will also gain versions for Instagram and LinkedIn.
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