While Tassilo Wallentin, the Hofburg candidate of the Kronen Zeitung, now had to face the tough and particularly unpleasantly formulated questions from the ORF employee Armin Wolf, the incumbent Federal President was granted a special, particularly pleasant interview situation: switched on from New York , confronted with fairly harmless questions, the green Hofburg candidate was allowed to deliver his statements.
When asked if he was worried about the not-so-great poll numbers, Alexander Van der Bellen said, “I’m not afraid of anything.” And of course he hopes that there will already be enough votes for a clear decision in the first ballot.
In the feel-good interview for Van der Bellen, in which he was allowed to speak for minutes while the competitors in the “ZiB2” studio were immediately interrupted, the Budnes President was also allowed to explain what he meant by the “grit your teeth” sayer. Van der Bellen literally: “It seems to me that it was cut very much.” This also remained unchallenged by the ORF presenter, although nothing was “edited together” in the video mentioned at the time.
The green Hofburg candidate was then allowed to explain again why he did not want to take part in TV duels: “Everyone could watch for five and a half years how I decided how we managed crises. And there we had situations that we hadn’t had in the 80 years before.”
When asked about his age and state of health, Alexander Van der Bellen said that he held a position that “demands everything”, but also “gives strength”. And he campaigned for “autonomy for all older Austrians” when they really want to retire. He can “handle his age well”.