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Brazil incumbent goes on offensive in presidential debate

Candidate for the Brazilian Workers' Party and current President Dilma Rousseff attends the second television debate in Sao Paulo, Brazil on September 1, 2014Incumbent Dilma Rousseff, now trailing top rival Marina Silva in Brazil’s presidential race by 10 percent, went on the offensive in a televised debate, fighting for her job. In the second debate between the main candidates ahead of the October 5 first round vote, Rousseff sought to come off the ropes three days after Brazil entered recession, asking environmentalist Silva how she would finance her some $60 billion of policy commitments. “First, these are not promises, they are commitments,” responded Silva, who served as environment minister under Rousseff’s PT predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

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