An underwhelming presidential debate kicks off Brazil’s campaign season

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Candidates before the first presidential debate of 2018

Three weeks before the television and radio campaign ads start, Brazil witnessed the first presidential debate of 2018. With a confusing format and an excessive number of candidates, each presidential hopeful had little screen time to come out of it as a winner. Knowing that, candidates acted more in the way of avoiding blunders, and looking to consolidate their position among their already-established voting base, rather than reaching out to the undecided.

While there were no clear winners from this presidential debate, two characters were the clear losers. One of them was President Michel Temer, who was thrown under the...

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