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Bernabe criticizes Cidre for considering political movement

By on November 1, 2016

SAN JUAN — Working People’s Party (PPT by its Spanish initials) gubernatorial candidate Rafael Bernabe believes independent candidate Manuel Cidre’s wish to organize a political movement after the Nov. 8 elections is a contradiction.

“Cidre wants to play on both sides. He says parties aren’t worth it and then he says he wants to found a party, although he doesn’t call it that. We have been clear, Puerto Rico needs new parties…,” Bernabe said.

PPT gubernatorial candidate Rafael Bernabe accused independent candidate Manuel Cidre of being "inconsistent and contradictory." (Juan J. Rodríguez/CB)

PPT gubernatorial candidate Rafael Bernabe accused independent candidate Manuel Cidre of being “inconsistent and contradictory.” (Juan J. Rodríguez/CB)

Bernabe said Cidre’s change of heart confirms the PPT’s vision of the need to create new political parties. However, he noted Cidre eliminates the aspect he emphasized in his campaign by being willing to organize a party.

To this, he added a vote for independent candidates would be a wasted vote.

“In recent days, we have stated it is possible to cast three votes in these elections: the vote for the same parties as always, the spite vote for independent candidates, and the vote that builds. A vote for independent candidates is a vote out of spite, a protest vote that doesn’t leave anything after Nov. 8 because it doesn’t build a movement,” Bernabe said.

On previous declarations, Cidre has mentioned that unaffiliated candidates are the ones who could free Puerto Rico from corruption, but Bernabe believes Cidre’s decision acknowledges it is necessary to create an organized movement to govern the island.

“Cidre acknowledges what we have been saying from the beginning. The problem isn’t parties in general, but the two red and blue parties that have governed us for almost half a century,” Bernabe stressed, reiterating that Puerto Rico doesn’t need independent candidates, but rather, organized movements.

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