In the last campaign action in Lisbon for the second round of the PSD internal elections, Rui Rio spoke after having been read, by Deputy Ricardo Batista Leite, a message of support from Francisco Pinto Balsmanha and speaking of former minister Mira Amaral. , who supported Miguel Pinto Luz in the first round. "In practice it is like this: Saturday night is short, very short, but for Sunday there is a bit more," he said. Thus, the PSD leader left an appeal that he hopes will PSD activists say, "You really win for one and you lose for one."
"But in order to win effectively and be able to constitute a real alternative to the PS, in the face of what was the internal opposition, it is necessary to win by much more than one and that is why I appeal", he said.
The incumbent president defended this idea when listing "half a dozen" reasons which, in his view, justify PSD militants to cast their vote in Saturday's elections, admitting that this "fourth reason is bolder".
"What I said on the night of the elections was that there was little left. But now let's see from the political point of view. Is there still so little left? Is that I think there is not so little left and that is why it is neither politically correct nor I am tactically correct what I am saying, but it must be so, "he said.
Given the history of his leadership, Rui Rio left a clear warning: "If the result is 51-49, I don't know if those who spent these two years making the leader’s life miserable, making the national leadership miserable, learn something or I will not go back to it again and put an end to the stability of the party ".