The early take in the media analysis of the first debate between Poland’s incumbent president Bronislaw Komorowski and his rival Andrzej Duda, candidate of the main opposition Law and Justice, suggested no clear victory in a debate that failed to make obvious winning gestures towards the much-sought Kukiz electorate. Komorowski did make a clear tip of the hat to leftist or liberal voters.
Komorowski’s chief goal appeared to be to associate Duda with the reputation his party has ascribed to PiS for fomenting conflict at home and abroad. Duda worked to redeliver his campaign messages and promises, driving home his image as being in touch with the needs of the common man and thus the candidate of greater dialogue.
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