Colombian President Alvaro Uribe said in an interview with W Radio Friday that he has “absolute respect” for presidential candidate Antanas Mockus and denied he referred to the Green Party leader as a “disabled horse.”
“I am a deliberating [person] and I defend my ideas but I am respectful of people and humanity,” Uribe said, rejecting the suggestion that he is campaigning for Partido de la U candidate Juan Manuel Santos, but rather he all he has done “is defend the thesis of my government.”
During the interview Uribe admitted he had made a mistake in not closing down security agency DAS and thereby avoiding the government organization’s wire tapping scandal.
“What I should have done when I arrived [in office] was close that organism,” he said.
In Colombia’s first round presidential election held on May 30, Santos came in first with 46.57% of the vote, followed by Mockus with 21.47%. Given that no one candidate won the majority vote required to win the election outright, Santos and Mockus will face-off in a second round election on June 20.
The latest voter poll indicates that Santos will win the second round run-off with with 65%, while Mockus will win 28% of the votes.