Tuesday, May 24th 2011 - 02:54 UTC

Reutemann says CFK will seek re-election and downplays clashes with organized labour

A leading and respected Argentine Senator forecasted he is certain that President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner will be seeking re-election in the October presidential elections, and assured that her recent clash with the organized labour CGT unions’ umbrella are “nothing but mere disagreements.”

Senator and former governor Reutemann is one of Argentina’s most respected politicians

“I would be really surprised if she decided not to run. I’m sure she will” said Santa Fe Senator and former governor Carlos Reutemann after casting this weekend his ballot in the Santa Fe gubernatorial primaries.

Reutemann also minimized the conflict between President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner and the CGT leader Hugo Moyano assuring that “they may have some disagreements, but they know each other and they’ve worked together for a long time”.

The former Formula 1 pilot and who has always been considered a top candidate for the Argentine presidency said that “it’s been some time since I decided I won’t be a candidate” for any elected post this coming elections in spite of the repeated requests from the opposition.

“I’m not a candidate. It’s quite some time since I am not a candidate”, and when asked about contacts with opposition groups, Reutemann was definitive, “the Federal Peronism no longer exists; it belongs to the past”.

Reutemann belong to Argentina’s hegemonic Peronist movement (a catch all organization that brings together the whole political spectrum from right to left) and therefore can include President Cristina Fernandez Victory Front and several opposition groups that identify themselves as ‘Federal Peronism’.

The Santa Fe senator added that the CGT board “has been working with this government from the very beginning in 2003. It’s the same group of people. They have some clashes, some short circuits, but they understand each other”

Distanced from the Federal Peronism, to which for a brief period he belonged, the two times governor and current Senator admitted that the economic indices of Argentina, “as well as in the rest of regional economies” are very good but he attributed them to the “strong international tail wind”.

Reutemann who is a farmer said that the Argentine agriculture sector situation “is the same as when the 2008 conflict” and that the big help “comes from international prices”, because government policies for the farming sector “remain unchanged”.

The former F1 pilot with no political background was invited in the nineties by then Peronist President Carlos Menem to run for governor of Santa Fe, the fourth most important electoral circuit. Since then he has repeated as governor, was elected Senator and has one of the best public opinion ratings as an honest, transparent, trusted candidate for any post including president.

Short spoken, his brief or long silences are always being interpreted by Argentine political analysts who consider him the president Argentines would like to have but will never make it because he’s not at ease with the Argentine political system.
 

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1 yul (#) May 24th, 2011 - 11:04 am Report abuse
The former pilot Formula I toward Presidency candidate !!??
It is insulting for Argentine people, becouse , everyone knows that all Formula cars use European made motors nowadays. !
2 GeoffWard (#) May 24th, 2011 - 11:22 am Report abuse
I was more interested in the comment:

“has one of the best public opinion ratings as an honest, transparent, trusted candidate for any post including president. . . . . but will never make it because he’s not at ease with the Argentine political system.”

I guess the system never changes if the only people that are part of it are the ones that are at ease with it.
3 Martin_Fierro (#) May 24th, 2011 - 11:55 am Report abuse
lol.... come on yul

And Mercopress...

“they may have some disagreements, but they know each other and they’ve worked together for a long time”

How is that not true? Why is that “downplaying”? ...oh that's right, you can't answer our questions, you just delete our posts any time you're found to be wrong. ;-)
4 Artillero601 (#) May 24th, 2011 - 12:57 pm Report abuse
If the US had an actor as President , we can have an ex Formula 1 pilot to run the country. I agree with Geoff, he is too honest to be a politician ..... I would compare Reuteman with Ron Paul.
5 geo (#) May 24th, 2011 - 07:39 pm Report abuse
The requirements of being a politician are,

-- he (she) must not know to think,
-- he (she) must be flasy while on media,
-- he (she) must have imperfect autobiograhy,
-- he (she) must say different ,contradictory things every hours,
-- he (she) must not be shy on intrigues ,
-- he (she) must not be shy on any tips,
-- he (she) must not speak on media without the permission of leader,
-- he (she) must sign every decree in unargued,
6 GeoffWard (#) May 24th, 2011 - 09:28 pm Report abuse
geo, I love it

1. Must tow the party line, in whatever direction the ship of state sails
2. Must be flashy on TV
3. Must have a hidden past
4. Must be able to lie through the teeth (with the flashy smile)
5. Must be involved in & willing to expound on, state corruption
6. Must be willing to sell-out his best friend
7. Must have permission of the Leader to do all of the above
(unless the politician is the Leader; in which case Plausible Deniability)
8. Must sign all decrees that he knows will damage his country.
7 Fido Dido (#) May 25th, 2011 - 12:54 am Report abuse
If the US had an actor as President

Uhhh..“Ronnie” ronald reagan..darling of the neo cons (neo-liberals on steroids)
8 Artillero601 (#) May 25th, 2011 - 02:16 am Report abuse
lol!!
9 NicoDin (#) May 25th, 2011 - 05:27 am Report abuse
@geo

Were you making your stuff by watching the profile of Obama, Cameron or Sarah Palin?
: )
10 geo (#) May 25th, 2011 - 02:33 pm Report abuse
[] 9 Nico --
these requirements are valid for all countries' politicians .

[] 6 Geoff --
9. Must not neglect close relatives interests.
10.Must have a philosophy “ first me ” not “ first people and nation ” .

[] 8 Artio --
could --Danny de Vito-- be the nominee for US presidency ?
11 Artillero601 (#) May 25th, 2011 - 03:08 pm Report abuse
@10
Of Course he can !! Donald Trump just dropped the race so I guess Danny can take over ...
12 GeoffWard (#) May 25th, 2011 - 03:48 pm Report abuse
Danny de Vito could be President, but Arnie Schwazenegger can never be.
13 Fido Dido (#) May 25th, 2011 - 07:01 pm Report abuse
but Arnie Schwazenegger can never be.

But can be president of Europe...lol.

1. Must tow the party line, in whatever direction the ship of state sails
2. Must be flashy on TV
3. Must have a hidden past
4. Must be able to lie through the teeth (with the flashy smile)
5. Must be involved in & willing to expound on, state corruption
6. Must be willing to sell-out his best friend
7. Must have permission of the Leader to do all of the above
(unless the politician is the Leader; in which case Plausible Deniability)
8. Must sign all decrees that he knows will damage his country.

Geoff described his beloved ex leader/PM, Margaret Thatcher...:D

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