Ponta vs. Geoana on PSD’s presidential candidate list


Since the possibility of Klaus Johannis running for president on behalf of the right is becoming more and more likely, the Social-Democrats seem forced to agree on their presidential candidate. In recent days, former PSD candidate in the 2009 presidential race Mircea Geoana has released a number of statements saying he is willing to run again. After announcing on Wednesday that his name is on PSD’s “very short-list” of potential presidential candidates, he offered further details on the topic later that evening live on Antena 3. Geoana criticized Johannis for being President Traian Basescu’s “ghost” and being in the habit of coming “when the table has already been set.” “Johannis has a remarkable ability of coming after the table has been set. It’s what happened in 2009. (…) You can’t get Romania on track by rebuilding the pro-Basescu coalition. Romanians have a true saying, ‘You may think you’ve escaped the devil when you have actually run into his father.’ Romania is in the same situation, as we are made to believe Basescu’s ghost (…) is not what it seems,” the PSD Senator said. Geoana noted that he finds it strange that Johannis springs from time to time as the solution to all problems when in fact he was the solution back in 2009. “I have no problem with Mr. Johannis, but it’s odd that he reemerges every five years like a hat-trick. No. In 2009, I was the solution, and I hope today one of our candidates will be the real solution to Romania’s problems.” Mircea Geoana concluded.
On Wednesday, when asked whether Senator Mircea Geoana could be PSD’s presidential candidate, Prime Minister Ponta, a presidential candidate himself, replied this would be decided by vote in the Party Congress scheduled this September, as more than one candidacy will be submitted. “Indeed, Mr. Geoana is one of the potential candidates. (…) If more than one candidacy is submitted, the decision will be put to a vote, in the spirit of democracy. How else?” the PM said. He pointed out he will run for president if so he wishes and if he feels up to the task. “You have me mistaken for Mr. Johannis. He needed to be asked by the party. I don’t. I will run if I want and feel up to it. I will say so to my colleagues in September,” he underlined.
Yesterday, PSD executive chairman Liviu Dragnea denied the existence of a party shortlist of presidential candidates and stressed the only candidate will be Ponta. “I can say with certainty there is no list, be it long or short, of possible PSD candidates for the presidential elections. Soon enough, we will decide over the party’s candidate by statutory procedures. I believe we have a candidate with serious chances of success, and he is Victor Ponta,” Dragnea emphasized in Suceava, as cited by Mediafax.

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