Fernando Haddad, Brazilian presidential candidate of the Workers' Party (PT), said on Wednesday that his party needs to reconnect with its electoral base in the unprivileged neighborhoods of large cities.
In a radio interview, Haddad commented on the large rally he participated in Rio on Tuesday, during which rapper Mano Brown told the crowd it was very easy to preach for those who are already PT followers, and that the campaign should work harder on winning back the trust of those who had voted for the party all their lives and now were against it.
"Mano Brown is absolutely right. We must open our hearts for the people in the outskirts and suburbs of big cities. The suburbs did not vote for us in the first round. We must reconnect with these people," he said.
Haddad also commented on the changes to his government plan. For example, at first, the plan foresaw the need to call for a new Constitutional Assembly, but later on that item was removed. According to the candidate, the change was due to the requests of allies which supported his candidacy for the second round of elections.
"The item was removed by request of our new partners for the second round. The Brazilian Socialist Party and the Socialism and Freedom Party made suggestions for alterations; this is how you do politics," he said, adding that some points were clarified because his opponent, Jair Bolsonaro, was distorting the facts in social media.
The candidate highlighted his improvement in recent polls and reaffirmed his confidence to turn the tide in his favor. In the most recent poll released by Ibope, a leading polling institute on Tuesday, the gap between Bolsonaro and Haddad decreased by four points and Haddad's rejection fell, while Bolsonaro's increased.