Mauro Soares discusses Lula‘s unwillingness to change the conservative economic policies that have hurt, rather than helped, the annual growth of Brazil‘s economy. Despite campaign strategies to distance his administration from the negative legacy of ex-President Cardoso, in upholding these policies, Lula is in fact continuing Cardoso‘s heritage. In Soares‘ opinion, the real debate in Brazil, concerning specific economic policies, has been pushed aside in favor of political rhetoric and electioneering.
 Mauro Victoria Soares has a graduate degree in Law and a Master’s degree in Political Science, both from the University of Sao Paulo. He is a PhD candidate in Political Theory at the same university and is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University, in New York.
DESPITE ALL OF THE POLLS PROJECTING AN EASY VICTORY, the President of Brazil, Luiz In