Friday, June 15, 2012

Candidates Reach Out to Undecided Voters

Wall Street Journal
June 15, 2012

Radical leftist leader Alexis Tsipras made a pitch to Greek centrist voters in his final campaign rally ahead of Sunday's vote, stressing repeatedly that he wants to keep Greece in the euro—a message designed to soothe an anxious electorate and calm fears in other European capitals.

The elections Sunday are shaping up to be a de facto referendum on Greece's future with the euro, pitting Mr. Tsipras's Syriza party—which opposes the terms of the country's latest bailout—and their conservative rival, New Democracy, which largely supports the bailout program.

Recent public-opinion polls showed Syriza neck-and-neck with New Democracy as the two battle for seats in Greece's 300-member Parliament, with the roughly 10% of voters who have said they are undecided still up for grabs.

New Democracy leader Antonis Samaras has also put out a more populist message aimed at undecided voters. Mr. Samaras said Wednesday that he would seek to renegotiate Greece's loan deal to spread out the burden of coming austerity measures over four years, rather than two.


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