The state of play, video version

Trying to catch up with the state of the campaign videos.

First off, this excellent biographical spot from the Pablo Pérez campaign.

Next, a simple ad from Leopoldo López that won rave reviews from Daniel.

Maria Corina Machado’s strong debate performances make inspired campaign videos.

Finally, a solid performance by Henrique Capriles on Aló Ciudadano tonight. Watch after 5:15, when he talks about Conditioning social programs.

15 thoughts on “The state of play, video version

    • Except that two videos show candidates demonstrating quick-thinking-on-your-feet skills, in front of an audience. One of those videos is a replay of a so-called debate, nationally televised, over a week ago; the other shows a more recent interaction with a questionner on a public program.

      The other two videos are staged. One is a composite biography; the other is a one-dimensional message to the voter.


  1. I think HCR is very smart to begin exposing his action plan beyond the populist slogans that I have heard so far (“education good! crime bad!”), even more so if he starts by emphasizing his view on conditioning social programs: a solid, well-proven method of attacking poverty – unlike the abstract 21st Century Socialism and Popular Capitalism “concepts”. by doing this, I believe HCR manages to (a) start proving himself as a viable, well-prepared, convincing candidate with more qualities than merely “not being Chavez” like the last couple of maracuchos who ran for office; (b) expose for the manipulating liars that they are all those who say the opposition hates welfare plans and only wants to reach the presidency in order to end them; and more importantly (c) avoid associating himself with the Maria Alejandra Lopez’s who actually believe that welfare plans must disappear (and that will vote for anyone whose last name doesn’t end in “avez Frias” anyway). I also believe that the honesty I sense when he defends this initiative will be very helpful when visiting the Bachaqueros, Guasdualitos and Tucupitas nation-wide a year from now…

    on a sidenote, this is worth a read for anyone wondering exactly what HCR means (and I hope he’s aiming for):


    • hmmm, contradictory. you imply that the link to Bolsa Familia helps those who are wondering EXACTLY what HCR means, then you say you HOPE he’s aiming for this program.

      As an aside, if BF were to be implemented in Venezuela, would the (male) head of the program be el gran bolsa? ;-)


      • what I meant was that the link could be helpful for anyone who didn’t quite understand the concept of a conditional social program and how it would work, and that I hope HCR has something similar to Bolsa Familia in mind.

        looking for anything resembling a loophole in other people’s comments in order to troll condescendingly, are we? wink wink, my friend…


        • are you trying to accuse me of being a troll, moder? what a laugh. You must be kind of new to this blog; otherwise, you would have noticed that a few of us, myself included, are equal opportunity commenters who don’t pander to the opposition. We are not trained seals, my friend. If that is what you’re looking for, you may find that others make you wink a lot more than I can.


  2. HCR is the only one talking about teamwork and that he will have advisers. The other three are focusing their campaigns on themselves.
    Personally I think that detail makes a big difference. We have to break free form the caudillos and paternalists presidents.


    • You have a great point here at least in theory…but in Venezuela a strong leader is needed, AND team work……I like Capriles very much but do not sense much outer strength in him (the kind of strength needed in politics).His strength appears to be more internal, which as a human being I prefer…..but do most people? Not that I would advocate a cuadillo type either, but somehow Capriles strikes me as the other extreme which might be too far away from what can work in a place like Venezuela….just a thought, not a definite opinion or anything.


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