Madrid (EFE).- Except for Isabel Díaz Ayuso (PP), the heads of the list for the Madrid Assembly have participated in a new electoral debate, in which the candidates have forgotten the leader of the PP and the PSOE has entered into the battle to recover the hegemony of the left against Más Madrid.
Alfonso Serrano has been the one who has acted as squire during the debate on the attacks on Díaz Ayuso by Mónica García (Más Madrid), Juan Lobato (PSOE) and Alejandra Jacinto (Podemos), and has at times had the support of Rocío Monasterio ( Vox), who has dedicated a large part of his speeches to criticizing the left.
Despite the fact that initially the criticism from the left was directed at the “absent president”, the debate has turned in its course into a fight between the leftist forces to unite the vote around their respective formations, with Lobato focused on recovering the opposition leadership.
The left charges against Ayuso for not attending the debate
The left-wing candidates have criticized the absence of Díaz Ayuso in the debate, reproaching “the absent president” even without being present, and her constant mentions of ETA and criticism of the Pedro Sánchez government, forgetting the regional debate.
In defense of Ayuso, Serrano has complained that other socialist presidents have declined to attend, such as Ximo Puig or Emiliano García Page, and the debate has been cancelled, a statement that the moderator, Xabier Fortes, has had to specify, since when that happened, the rest of the candidates refused to attend, he recalled.
Lobato aspires to recover the leadership of the opposition
However, as the debate progressed, the absence of Ayuso has been diluted and has focused on the fight between PSOE and Más Madrid as a reference for the left.
The most outstanding moments have been carried out by Lobato and García in several clashes, in which the socialist candidate has reproached the leader of Más Madrid for her work as head of the opposition during these two years, after taking the position of second political force from the PSOE in the 2021 electoral advance, and the lack of specificity in their proposals.
“I propose that Madrid has to raise the level,” said Lobato, who has tried to mark his position to recover the hegemony of the left, with reproaches for his measures on housing, or on taxation when he talks about raising taxes in general, while he has praised the Podemos candidate for being “concrete” and “not populist”.
Another of the clashes has occurred on account of future pacts, after García positioned Más Madrid as “the common house of progressivism”, and Lobato has made him ugly that he wants to be that common house “putting up partitions in the living room”, in allusion to the pacts with nuances of this formation with the forces of the left.
The moments of the debate
For this debate, the Podemos candidate, who has come face to face between the candidates with an orange vest to remember those affected in San Fernando de Henares by line 7b, has worn a shirt with the phrase “La Idealista”, as defined to solve the housing problem.
In the minute of presentation, Jacinto has made a play on words with the Madrid he wants with references to songs by Joaquín Sabina, C Tangana, Pereza, Fangoria, Ana Belén or Mecano. “I want Madrid where no one cares what I do, nor does anyone care what you say,” he recounted.
At another point in the debate, Jacinto has taken a letter from a relative of a deceased in nursing homes during the pandemic to remember “the protocols of shame” that left 7,291 older people to die, to which the candidates have also referred of the PSOE and More Madrid.