Former Marxist Guerrilla Vying To Be Brazil's First Female President

"Brazil's general election Sunday spans across all levels of government, from the presidency to local offices. But the spotlight will be on the presidential race, with a former Marxist guerrilla positioned to become Brazil's first female president. Dilma Rousseff is the hand-picked successor of President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, who has an 80 percent approval rating. The outgoing president has steered Brazil into a major global economy, and his choice for the next president is influencing voters. ""For president, I'm voting for Dilma,"" said Jose Mario, a resident of Rio de Janiero. ""It's not even that much about Dilma, but because it was President Lula's request."" In Rio de Janeiro's favelas, or slums, residents credit Lula da Silva for helping more than 20 million people climb out of poverty during the president's two terms. Brazil now has the world's eighth largest economy, which has grown 7 percent a year on the back of a commodities boom and market-friendly policies. Some Brazilians say they think Rousseff will continue Lula da Silva's efforts and help the poor."