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Rishi Sunak gears up and makes unexpected moves ahead of UK PM race

Last update: July 24, 2022, 10:56 p.m. HST

The Ready4Rishi campaign team responded by reiterating the central message that Sunak represents the conservative values ​​of hard work and aspiration (Photo: Reuters file).

Rishi Sunak is set to face rival Liz Truss in a televised debate on Monday night, then again on Tuesday

Rishi Sunak takes unexpected steps throughout his campaign to be elected leader of the Conservative Party and therefore Prime Minister. The new surprise is having taken his family with him for the campaign in Grantham, the birthplace of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

One day off: He appeared with his wife Akshata Murthy and daughters Krishna and Anoushka. He later backed up the appearance with photos with his family on the campaign trail posted on Instagram. This is all unique, the first we’ve seen of Rishi Sunak and his family in public.

A planned move: The move was of course planned as symbolic rather than a spontaneous appearance. It was an image of his belief in the family values ​​that Thatcher so often spoke of as the quintessential conservative values. The message was that beyond his looks, he is conservative at heart and at home. It will be the hope of many that Sunak will be seen by party members for his worth more than his looks.

Rishi Sunak is set to face rival Liz Truss in a televised debate on Monday night and then again on Tuesday. These debates are his best bet. He is a more skilled speaker and he knows what he is talking about in the area of ​​economics. He hopes he can be much more convincing than Truss to erase the advantage she has over him that opinion polls suggest and which he acknowledges.

Underlying this plan is the optimism that conservative voters can look beyond his color to the content of his character, as Martin Luther King had hoped of Americans. The optimism is that Britain is ready for a Rishi moment just as the United States was for its Obama moment. It takes a lot of optimism to hope that a majority of Conservative Party MPs are ready to leap into another world they have known and would like to see.

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