Debate brings together four candidates for the Government of RJ | Elections 2022 in Rio de Janeiro

Debate brings together four candidates for the Government of RJ | Elections 2022 in Rio de Janeiro
Debate brings together four candidates for the Government of RJ | Elections 2022 in Rio de Janeiro

The debate was mediated by the journalist Carlos Andreazza and divided into four blocks:

  • First block: candidates asked each other open-ended questions, with each asking and answering only once.
  • Second block: columnists from the four outlets asked two questions of the same candidate, with the second being drawn up shortly after the first answer.
  • Third block: the debate has the same format as the first, with questions and answers between opponents.
  • Fourth block: the candidates again asked each other questions with free topics, followed by the final considerations of each candidate, with two minutes available.

The first question was asked by Paulo Ganime, who asked Cláudio Castro about the conditions of public transport in Rio de Janeiro. Candidate Castro said that bad contracts became even more unprofitable after the pandemic. He spoke about the need for agreements and contributions in each modal, in addition to works carried out on roads.

The second to ask was Cláudio Castro, who asked Rodrigo Neves about job creation and proposals to increase job creation. Neves stated that the generation of work and income is essential for the growth of the state and that he will create work fronts for the recovery of health and teaching units. Castro spoke about the importance of professional qualification and tax reduction.

Next, Rodrigo Neves asked Marcelo Freixo about Ceperj’s positions and referred to the case as an “unprecedented scandal”. Freixo responded by saying that the case is an electoral corruption scheme and that the life of the Rio resident cannot bear problems like this anymore. Neves said the state’s internal control systems had been dismantled.

Marcelo Freixo asked Paulo Ganime about proposals to improve commuting time between work and home for workers. Ganime stated that, if he is elected, he intends to work to better distribute economic activities in Rio de Janeiro. They commented on the matter and talked about the importance of improving Bilhete Único and rail transport.

At the beginning of the second block, journalist Lauro Jardim, from O Globo, asked Paulo Ganime if he intends to employ blacks and women in proportion to the total number of people employed. He said that much of his cabinet as a federal deputy is made up of women and that he wants to make room for everyone, valuing competence and investing in education, health and safety, but without defining specific rules.

Then, journalist Francisco Góes, from Valor Econômico, questioned Marcelo Freixo if the idea of ​​nationalizing the campaign and pasting his own image to President Lula was not going wrong. Freixo replied that the election is nationalized and that speaking in a national environment is also necessary. The candidate stated that Lula talks a lot about Rio and that the capital is the country’s biggest showcase.

The third to ask was journalist Frederico Goulart, from CBN, who asked if Rodrigo Neves could solve problems such as traffic jams. He stated that Neves had been criticized, while mayor of Niterói, by residents of the city because of the problem. Neves responded that investments in the rail transport sector would be necessary to improve mobility. He mentioned, in particular, investments in subway line 3.

The fourth journalist to ask was Berenice Seara, from Extra, who asked Castro if tough actions in the security area would be a hallmark of his management. She cited the lethality of the operations during the years when the current governor and re-election candidate is in power. He said the government is currently doing grassroots work for public safety. Asked about the former secretary of Civil Police, Allan Turnowski, using what would be the death toll in an operation in Jacarezinho as a campaign number, he said that he is only responsible for his own actions and not for what Turnowski did after leaving the government.

Frederico Goulart asked again, this time to Ganime, about him being the author of the report on a bill that makes the purchase and possession of weapons more flexible and whether the effects of this in Rio de Janeiro would not be reckless. The candidate stated that most of these weapons are illegally trafficked into the territory. He stated that it is important to control the financial and economic flow of organized crime and that the right to individual freedom must be guaranteed.

Next, Lauro Jardim asked Marcelo Freixo if he would vote for André Ceciliano or Alessandro Molon for the Senate and questioned the lack of unity in the dispute for the seat. Freixo said he will not publicly declare his vote, but he agrees that if the group had united in a single candidacy, he would have had a better chance of winning.

Berenice Seara asked Rodrigo Neves about his government proposal presented to the Electoral Court, which would only have five pages. Neves stated that he held several meetings and that he has a plan with concrete proposals from people who would be part of a future administration, if he is elected. And that he will make the plan available with complete proposals on the TSE and on the website itself.

Francisco Góes asked Cláudio Castro about his being the target of accusations and questioned about the risk of him not being able to finish his term due to problems with the justice system. Castro said that there is an industry of whistleblowing and stated that he is not denounced at all. He said opponents had turned what he called an “administrative problem” at Ceperj into a scandal.

At the beginning of the third block, Cláudio Castro asked Paulo Ganime about how to invest respecting the Fiscal Recovery Regime. Ganime defended an annual calendar of public tenders and also salary recomposition. He also advocated tax cuts and more investments in the countryside.

Paulo Ganime asked Marcelo Freixo about how he would be governor of Rio de Janeiro if Jair Bolsonaro wins reelection. Freixo said that whoever wins the election must have the ability to defend Rio de Janeiro against the federal government to create a good working environment and diversify the economy.

Marcelo Freixo questioned Rodrigo Neves about what his proposals would be to end hunger in the state of Rio de Janeiro. He advocated supporting micro and small entrepreneurs to create more jobs and establishing a commitment to a basic income for extremely poor families. Freixo advocated a higher regional minimum wage, community kitchens and popular restaurants.

Rodrigo Neves asked Cláudio Castro if he knew the price of rice, beans and basic food in the state of Rio de Janeiro. Castro spoke about reducing taxes, about investments and about respect for entrepreneurs, but he did not talk about food prices. Neves replied that the population’s life has worsened.

Rodrigo Neves questioned Marcelo Freixo about a party promoted by Cláudio Castro at the current political moment in the state. Freixo said that Rio de Janeiro is suffering a credibility crisis that brings instability to potential investors.

Marcelo Freixo asked Cláudio Castro what activities he carried out during the period in which he was Wilson Witzel’s deputy. Castro said that the vice helps, but the management role belongs to the governor. Freixo said he coordinated field hospitals during the pandemic. Castro said he was part of a commission trying to get hospitals up and running after several problems.

Cláudio Castro questioned Paulo Ganime about what the administrative proposals would be to improve the state government. Ganime responded that he intends to put technical cadres in the government and invest in clear codes of conduct.

Paulo Ganime asked Rodrigo Neves about support and building alliances in favor of the state. Neves spoke about the need for transparency and support for professionals who understand the subject on which they work in public management.

At the end, everyone had the opportunity to make their comments. Check out some excerpts:

Rodrigo Neves: “Guys, you who are watching us, we are ten days away from the elections. All polls indicate that more than 50% of Rio de Janeiro and Rio de Janeiro voters have not yet chosen their candidate for governor, as in 2014 and 2018. The election will be decided in the coming days and this debate was another moment for you to discover a different option , both by deputy Freixo and candidate Cláudio Castro. It was an opportunity for us to introduce ourselves, for people to get to know the work we do.”

Cláudio Castro: “The peace of mind that I have is not being a defendant in anything, not being denounced in anything. And, above all, to have made the lives of many people better. Restaurant for the people, reopened. Worker’s breakfast, I made it. Housing program, the largest in the history of Rio de Janeiro. One thousand five hundred buildings being renovated today. The Alemão Cable Car will return. The Museum of Image and Sound will return. Rio has its bills up to date. Rio is not perfect, but it is on track. And I wanted the opportunity to continue.”

Paulo Ganime: “We have two rounds in this election. There’s no way anyone can win in the first round and we have a lot of chance to go to the second round and improve people’s lives. Really change, with good management, with an unblemished history, a history of management, which has paid off both in my term as federal deputy and with governor Romeu Zema, in Minas Gerais; Adriano Silva, in Joinville. We know how to do it, we have the best paintings. No political alliances that these three here have with the groups that have been in power in Rio de Janeiro for decades.”

Marcelo Freixo: “It is necessary to bring about a government based on honesty and work. This is how the population of Rio de Janeiro, who are listening to us, who are watching us, work and live: with honesty, with dignity. This is how the image of this government has to be. I fulfilled a dream in my life: I was born in São Gonçalo, I was raised in Niterói, in Fonseca. I had a very humble father and mother. They allowed me to fulfill my dream of being a teacher. My government will be the government of education. I spent 20 years in classrooms.”

The article is in Portuguese

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