Manuel Rosales has challenged hugo chavez to a debate:
“I come today, in the name of the Venezuelan people, to send a very clear message to the government’s candidate to join me in a televised debate, so that we can discuss the many problems affecting this country. He has to explain to Venezuelans the more than 90.000 assassinations, the unemployment, the lack of investment, the poor services, the hunger, the poverty, the laughable number of housing units constructed, he has to explain what does he mean by XXI century socialism” thus started Manuel Rosales his press conference. “We want to know whether the government’s candidate wants to model Venezuela’s political system as the Castroite dictatorship of Cuba, we want to know whether he believes in democracy, in alternation in power, in accountability, in upholding the rule of law, in respecting contracts” added Rosales.
“Venezuela does not believe in hollow rhetoric, in empty promises, in violence, in warmongering… He must be asking Fidel Castro’s advice… I demand that Fidel grants the candidate [Chavez] permission so that his protege agrees to debate with me… I will demonstrate to Venezuelans that the only thing Chavez is good at is at lying… brace yourself for I am waiting for you…”
chavez, of course, will most likely decline as it’s preferable to keep your mouth shut and look like an idiot as opposed to opening your mouth and proving it.
Much more on this from Aleksander Boyd at Vcrisis.