How tough can an election campaign be? After the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier in view of the attacks against Annalena Baerbock, head of the Greens, a few days ago warned of a "mud fight", holds the President of the Bundestag German politican (CDU) on the other hand: "What we are currently experiencing is a completely normal election campaign," said Schäuble of "Bild am Sonntag". "I'm not at all concerned that this election campaign will be particularly dirty."
Schäuble contradicted the Greens, who are facing a campaign by conservative perseverance. This concern is an "expression of uncertainty". The Greens would have thought that everything would go as smoothly as Annalena Baerbock's nomination as the top candidate. “But it never does. Not even with us, ”said Schäuble.
Schäuble believes the massive criticism of Baerbock is in parts "exaggerated", but for him it is part of the election campaign: "The old saying applies: If you can't stand the heat, you have no business in the kitchen." Baerbock should have known that the candidacy for chancellor is a tough road. "It can go up quickly, but it can also go down quickly."
It wasn't until Saturday that Baerbock had it announced that they will have their doctoral scholarship checked again. The fact that her doctoral project was funded with a total of 40.000 euros while she also held several party offices had attracted media interest.
Schäuble denies that women are exposed to tougher attacks in the election campaign than their male competitors, as the top politicians Baerbock and Franziska Giffey (SPD) criticize. “It used to be like that. At the beginning of the chancellorship of Angela Merkel sweat stains on her summer dress have been discussed. I found that impossible. ”But today women in politics don't have a harder time, says Schäuble.