Friday, October 31, 2003

[ELECTIONS 2003] Debate After All

Ivica Račan (Ivica Racan) had quite busy schedule in last 48 hours. Schroeder visited Croatia yesterday (and gave implicit endorsement of his fellow Social Democrats from SDP). His departure was followed by very intense session of SDP Central Committee, during which Party leaders argued who would run as candidate in which electoral district. The session was so heated that Račan reportedly suffered some heart problems.

However, this morning he was well enough to compete with Ivo Sanader on Croatian Radio. The debate was held at 9:00, so I doubt that many Croatians bothered to listen to it.

I was unable to listen, so I can only read transcripts and make conclusions about possible winner or loser. At first glance, nobody came as definite winner. I suspect that Sanader, being more aggressive and having theatre background, could have been clear winner to those who listened.


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