PSUV deputy: Opposition debate was robotic and heartless
Earle Herrera, a lawmaker of ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) described the meeting of opposition pre-candidates as "depressing" and "commercial"
"Opposition sectors should be sad because people say that Diego Arria (a former Venezuelan Ambassador to the United Nations, independent) won the debate," said Earle Herrera, journalist and National Assembly's Deputy (United Socialist Party of Venezuela, PSUV), when he referred to the nationally televised debate of the five opposition presidential hopefuls who intend to face Hugo Chávez in the presidential election to be held on October 7, 2012.
Herrera said in an interview with state-run network Venezolana de Televisión (VTV) that the debate was depressing and commercial. The pro-government legislator added that the "most outstanding" of the debate that was held at Andrés Bello Catholic University (UCAB) was the "robotic mediocrity of Diego Arria."
"The five presidential pre-candidates participated in a weird, robotic, and heartless show. Opposition analysts have criticized the lack of emotion," Herrera said, as reported by state-run news agency AVN.
President Nicolás Maduro is not only the heir to the throne, but also to an economic crisis which demanded urgent measures to rectify the course. The crisis showed up in two aspects: a 50% inflation estimate, and shortage of staples ranging between 70% and 98%. These issues might hit the President's poor popularity; considering his feeble electoral victory of 1% over his challenger.