As President Cristina Kirchner’s power ebbs and Argentina nears next year’s presidential election, talking heads will increasingly look at the prospects of her would-be successors, including Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri.
As mayor of Argentina’s most important city since 2007, Macri has the kind of “executive experience” that many voters say they want in a president candidate. He hopes to capture the votes of millions of Argentines who oppose Kirchner and her policies.
Of the potential presidential contenders for the 2015 race, Macri is arguably the one who has most opposed Kirchner’s approach to power. The two leaders are not even on speaking terms, though that is almost entirely because of Kirchner’s militant antagonism toward political critics, something acknowledged by officials who work for both leaders.
Two other leading potential contenders, or “presidenciables” as they’re called locally, are Buenos Aires Governor Daniel Scioli and Tigre Mayor Sergio Massa. Though both have distanced themselves from Kirchner to varying degrees (Massa much more so), both have also been partners and close allies of the president over the years.