The stand in president has the entire budget of the federal government behind him to do things. He also, you know, passed an emergency order enabling him to subvert, to bypass the spending caps that the right wing put on health and education and things like that after the coup. And so you compare the amount of money he spent, not to mention all of Cambridge analytical style micro-targeting, but they're getting assistance from Steve Bannon and people like that on social media. The Lula campaign before October 2nd had spent $30 million on the elections. Right? Bolsonaro had spent over $50 billion and f you do the math, that's hundreds of times more money he spent. He was unable to win the election, you know, and for the last couple weeks, Lula's lead has been holding. I'll also point out that the polls accurately predicted Lula's vote. They just didn't predict Bolsenaro's vote very accurately.
Correspondent Brian Mier connects with host Chuck Mertz to discuss the upcoming run-off 2022 Brazilian presidential election between Jair Bolsenaro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Brian is an editor and contributor to, “Year of Lead: Washington, Wall Street and the New Imperialism in Brazil,” co-editor of Brasilwire, Brazil correspondent for TeleSur English's News Program, From the South, and co-host on Brazil 24/7.
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