According to the PDL leader, Victor Ponta will run for Presidency next year.
Liberal leader Crin Antonescu would not be voted for by any member of the Democratic Liberal Party (PDL, in opposition) at next year’s presidential elections, even in the event that the ruling Social Liberal Union (USL) were to break up, PDL chairman Vasile Blaga said during a visit to Bistrita (426 km north-east of the capital) on Thursday.
‘I do not think there is a PDL member who would vote for Mr Crin Antonescu. There were only two people who have set a goal to eliminate us over all these 23 years: at a certain moment, there was (former Social Democrat Prime Minister Adrian) Nastase /…/ and the second is Crin Antonescu. As a matter of fact, we want the USL to stay united and to keep supporting Mr Crin Antonescu with all its forces at next winter’s elections’, Blaga said.
The USL is a ruling alliance made up of the Social Democrats (PSD), Liberals (PNL) and Conservatives.
The Democratic Liberal leader stressed that in the event there were a right-wing candidate better placed then the one to be decided by the PDL, he would be willing to back him, but he added he does not think such a thing to be possible.
‘I am glad to hear the stand voiced by my party fellows (Catalin) Predoiu and (Gheorghe) Falca, /…/ they have very clearly said: if there is a reunification of all those claiming to be right-wing and in the event there were someone better placed than ourselves, I will be his first soldier. Therefore, we can discuss in this respect. But I doubt it, since I know the value of the two candidates. I doubt that somebody may have a better placed candidate than us, given that this party has been working and given its current trend – we have gained four points in four months, it is not much, but it is not little either’, Blaga underscored.
The PDL head hopes his party’s members would choose that presidential contender who would be able to persuade all the right-wing forces.
Regarding Victor Ponta, Blaga believes the current prime minister will run for president of Romania to escape the position of prime minister: “Personally, I think Ponta will run for presidency because he will not have a choice. The economic disaster Romania is headed to at the moment will force him to run for presidency, to escape the position of prime minister. He is not capable of governing. The Romanian government has no priorities; the Romanian government is run by problems, not by leaders,” Blaga said.
In his opinion, Victor Ponta and PSD need “a state made up of people of welfare,” because welfare beneficiaries can help get jim the necessary votes: “Ponta needs a state made up of people on welfare like oxygen. Welfare beneficiaries are at his finger. As soon as the PSD mayor gives them welfare, they are as good to go voting-wise. PSD does not need independent people who can fend for themselves and have steady jobs. This is why we cannot understand the Liberals. This situation suits Ponta just fine; he will cut all investments, but he will make sure welfare is paid to reach his electoral targets, obviously.”
When asked if increasing pensions and public employees’ wages in 2014 is still viable, considering the budget adjustment carried out Wednesday, the Liberal Democrat leader said those promises were in fact lies.
Vasile Blaga expressed his desire for USL not to fall apart this coming winter in order to bear the consequence of governing together. “In the coming winter, Romanians will start to realize they were wrong because Ponta’s campaign lies and promises do not help pay the bills. We want this alliance, USL, to keep working and overcome the winter season because we made a promise as a group and those responsible for the failure of this administration must also pay as a group.”