The two repeatedly called each other liars during the encounter, which lasted about an hour and a half. The term was used more than a dozen times by each candidate in the TV Band debate, on the other hand, it was less aggressive than many analysts had predicted.
“You are a liar. You lie every day,” da Silva said in an exchange. Bolsonaro often said: “You can’t come here to tell people these lies.”
Earlier this month, da Silva, who is commonly known as Lula, won the first round of the election with 48 percent of the vote compared with Bolsonaro’s 43 percent. Polls show the former left-wing president, who ruled from 2003-2010, still leading, although his lead has shrunk considerably.
Each candidate focuses on issues that, according to polls, represent the opponent’s weakness: for Bolsonaro, the COVID-19 pandemic has killed 680,000 Brazilians, and for Da Silva, scandals corruption scandal involving his Workers’ Party.
Da Silva and Bolsonaro are scheduled to take part in one more debate, days before the vote, on TV Globo, Brazil’s most popular network.