The Social Democratic Party (PSD) calls on the National Liberal Party (PNL) to jointly organize at least two debates between Viorica Dancila and Klaus Iohannis, before the 24 November runoff of the presidential elections.
The request is sent through a letter addressed to the campaign leader of the liberals, Dan Motreanu, by Lia Olguta Vasilescu, the coordinator of the PSD election campaign.
“Mrs Dancila has repeatedly expressed the wish to have debates with Mr. Iohannis, but her requests have remained unanswered. The lack of debate between the main candidates was a flaw in the electoral process and a problem of transparency. We are hoping that this situation will not be repeated in the runoff. We owe the Romanian citizens an open and honest debate about the projects that the two candidates have for Romania. The letter presented a request to jointly organize at least two debates between Mrs Dancila and Mr Iohannis before the 24 November 24 runoff of the presidential election,” the letter reads.
According to it, the PSD is open to any variant that involves organizing these debates “in a transparent and with impartial moderators”, so that the two candidates have equal opportunities.
“The PSD campaign team believes that this confrontation must include face-to-face debates between Mrs Dancila and Mr Iohannis. It is very important, in our view, for the citizens to be able to directly compare the two candidates and choose the one who really deserves to be the president of Romania for the next five years,” the letter mentions.
Iohannis on PSD’s invitation to head-to-head debate: Distraction maneuvers
Commenting on Monday on the invitation to meet in head-to-head debates launched by his counter-candidate in the presidential runoff, leader of the Social Democratic Party (PSD) Viorica Dancila, President Klaus Iohannis that the Social Democrats attempt all sorts of distraction maneuvers but that in the campaign for the second election round he will focus on meetings with the voters.
“The PSD attempt all sorts of distraction maneuvers. I can tell you right now – I will also discuss this with my colleagues in the campaign meeting – in the campaign for the second round I will focus on meeting with the voters,” Iohannis said at the headquarters of the National Liberal Party (PNL).