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Italian candidates shun TV debate with globalist loser Renzi

Italian League leader Matteo Salvini snubbed the Democratic Party (PD) leader Matteo Renzi saying he would not have a TV debate with him ahead of the March 4 general election.

Published: February 19, 2018, 8:25 am

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    Renzi lost a gamble when he called a referendum in 2016 in which he suffered a crushing defeat and was forced to resign. The globalist has been trying ever since to make a comeback, but Al Jazeera’s Jonah Hull, said at the time Renzi was “considered to be allied with big business and out of touch”.

    Anti-migrant League leader Salvini said he would not engage in a TV debate with Renzi ahead of the election. Salvini said he had been “asking for face-to-face talks with Renzi for years and he always indignantly refused, and now I’m supposed to suddenly interrupt my electoral tour to make him happy – it’s too late”.

    “I’m not going to betray the thousands of voters who flock to my rallies, who are awaiting me next week in Emilia and Tuscany, which have been betrayed by the PD.

    “I’m looking to the future and I’m not going to waste my time with someone who’s had too much time. If Renzi wants a debate I’ll see him in a piazza, perhaps in Bologna where many voters are shifting from the PD to the League.” Renzi’s reformist Democratic Party is highly unpopular.

    Renzi responded to Salvini’s snub by saying general-election debate without TV debates is “absurd”.

    Commenting on “the situation” on Facebook, Renzi claimed Salvini did not want to debate him on TV because “he doesn’t have time for TV, he must do rallies in piazzas” while anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader Luigi Di Maio doesn’t want a debate “because I haven’t got the same status as him, I’m not up to his level”.

    Centre-right Forza Italia (FI) leader Silvio Berlusconi, meanwhile, “only has debates with [RAI talk show host Bruno] Vespa and his memories”. Renzi said: “It doesn’t change much for us: we will be the top parliamentary group [after the March 4 elections], the top party.

    “I’m struck by the absurdity of a political debate without TV debates. “Welcome to the 2018 Italian electoral campaign,” he added.

    On Friday Di Maio once again ruled out a debate with Renzi on Italian television. “Not even Salvini finds a debate with the PD leader interesting.

    “Renzi, a man alone with the remote control,” Di Maio said on Twitter, posting a link to Laura Pausini’s song La Solitudine [Loneliness].

    Renzi looks set to suffer a defeat, similar to the fatal blow that French voters gave to the Socialist Party led by Benoît Hamon last year when only 6 percent of voters backed his party.

    When Renzi stepped into office in 2014, unemployment was at 13 percent, youth unemployment at 42 percent and GDP was lower than in 1999.

    In his nearly three years in the Palazzo Chigi, he was both less effective and eventually less popular than Emannuel Macron’s government has so far been in France.

    Renzi was forced to step down as prime minister following the rejection of his constitutional reform proposals. His Democratic Party (PD) continues to slide in the polls, while his personal approval ratings are lower than ever.

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