With polls showing her husband trailing as the June 4 runoff approaches, Nadine Heredia has put aside Humala’s message of nationalist revolution and broken away from the secondary role of candidate’s wife.
Unusually for Peru, she has begun campaigning alone, trying to
present her husband’s softer side as he vies to catch up with rival
ex-President Alan Garcia.
"I’m fighting for the rights of the
young, the women of Peru," Heredia said in Lima before traveling to the
northern jungle city of Tarapoto on Thursday.
"I just want to
bring out the nationalist in the heart of every Peruvian," she said,
referring to Humala’s plan to put the economy in state hands.
Her decision to campaign on her own underscores Humala’s need to win
over more female voters. Pollsters say a majority of Peruvian woman
favor Garcia, a well-spoken lawyer and former president, over the
ex-military man Humala.