Only two years later, the candidates to preside over the Community of Madrid met again in the only electoral debate in which the PP candidate, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, will be the favorite party in the polls to revalidate the mandate. A face-to-face that lasted for more than two hours, very different from that of 2021, but in which the left worked hard to show the seams of the regional government that Ayuso has presided over for four years. The regional president, however, chose not to respond to criticism from the opposition, sticking to launching her messages, using ETA and accusing the left of promoting “drugs” and “misery.” “I do not take the allusion, thank you,” Ayuso even stated during the debate when she was questioned by the Más Madrid candidate, Mónica García about the climate crisis.
It was precisely García who began the debate with five, remembering that these elections are from Madrid and are not an appointment to the general ones. A reminder that was in vain, because Ayuso, who was the next to speak, took just seconds to once again throw the already extinct terrorist group against the left: “On May 28, the ambitious model of the PP will vote or vote for ETA”, said the regional president as soon as the face-to-face began. It would not be the only allusion. For his part, the PSOE candidate, Juan Lobato, debuted in the format with a more institutional tone, advocated placing Madrid at the top, while the Podemos-IU-Alianza Verde candidate, Alejandra Jacinto, also a rookie in the debate, and together with Lobato, the most unknown, she chose to present herself as an expert on housing.
Jacinto was the one who sought the most clashes with the regional president during the debate. The Podemos-IU-AV candidate even wore a t-shirt with the face of Tomás Díaz Ayuso, the brother of the PP candidate, recalling the commission of 238,000 euros that Ayuso’s brother received for a contract from the regional government. “The bite of his brother translates into 10 years of work and effort,” the Más Madrid candidate also said on this issue. Jacinto also recalled the deaths in residences due to the protocols that prevented the referral of the elderly to hospitals in the first wave of the pandemic, and wanted to give Ayuso the book by Alberto Reyero in one of the most tense moments of the debate: “No I want it ”, Ayuso said, returning the copy to the lectern of the Podemos candidate.
In the first block dedicated to the economy and employment, taxes starred face to face. While Ayuso defended his fiscal policy and the systematic reduction of taxes, assuring that they have benefited “those who have less”, the candidate of Podemos-IU-Alianza Verde, Alejandra Jacinto, confronted her with her own tax calculator: “How much For example, a person in the Community saves 1,500 euros a month, more or less 23,000 euros a year, and how much does a person who earns what you save, an income of around 100,000 euros”. Ayuso did not respond and Alejandra Jacinto continued. “I already told him. A person who earns 23,000 euros saves 167 euros and a person who earns like you, 1,343 euros ”, she reproached him. “That is his fiscal policy, a fiscal policy that only favors those who have the most in the Community.”
A premise that was repeated by the rest of the candidates on the left who also recalled the almost 1,000 million euros a year that the regional government forgives the richest or that the regional government has only approved budgets in four years, as the socialist candidate pointed out. .
Juan Lobato opted during the debate to talk about “concrete proposals”. “There are already many opponents and agitators in the Community of Madrid,” said Lobato, trying to distance himself from the candidates of Más Madrid and Podemos in his confrontational strategy. “Winning the Popular Party and regenerating Madrid depends on sensitivity, with those 60 mayors that we have in the region, solvency and management experience,” said Lobato. “You cannot govern with slogans,” he reproached about Ayuso’s politics.
Mónica García, as she did in the debate two years ago, once again placed health at the center of her policies, highlighting her experience as a public health doctor for 23 years. “I have seen things that I never thought I had seen,” said García. “I have seen the toilets insulted, emergencies closed and opened with completely broken equipment,” lamented the candidate for Más Madrid. In this sense, García assured that she has “a plan to fix public health.” “I want to repatriate the doctors that Ayuso has expelled, fleeing from her own mistreatment,” she continued, to conclude that her model involves “fixing public health, guaranteeing a decent roof and green employment.” García also wanted to value the growth of her party in the community “Más Madrid has no ceiling,” she said. And she added: “We are the real alternative, the ones who can bring Ayuso to the opposition and make him want it.”
For her part, the Vox candidate, Rocío Monasterio, who made a marked xenophobic and climate change denial speech, has also made Ayuso ugly for the break in relations “at the last minute” with Vox and has explained that this was the cause of that the last budgets were not agreed.