President Cristina Fernandez casts her vote in a run-off election that may have the center-right opposition in a bid to win the presidency after 12 years. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Argentine President Cristina Fernandez cast her ballot in Rio Gallegos, Santa Cruz province, on Sunday (November 22) as the country goes to the polls for a run-off election. The outgoing president, who was preceded in office by her late husband Nestor Kirchner, is as revered by the poor for her generous welfare programs as she is reviled by business for the strict controls the couple put on the economy during their 12 years in power. While speaking to journalists after casting her vote, Fernandez said the country's highly charged political scene was a sign of debate. "We are (voting) in a country that is absolutely in peace, without religious or ethnic conflicts. The only conflicts are related to soccer, and well, also politics but those are good because they are a sign of debate. I think this is the only time that the people have voted like this, not only with the run-off, but also that they are voting in a country that is growing and developing so much. Right?," said Fernandez, who was first elected in 2007. Barred from seeking a third straight term, she will leave office next month with Argentina deeply divided between those who back her protectionist policies and defense of workers' rights and those who back the opposition's open-market policies.