Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 8/16/2011
Most of the candidates in the three major political parties were in the news this past week, using their current positions as a platform for promoting their candidacy. Enrique Peña Nieto emphasized his achievements as governor of earlier campaign promises, Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticized the Calderón administration for allowing U.S. agents to operate in Mexico, and Josefina Vázquez Mota delivered her annual address as head of the PAN in Congress.
No matter who his competitors are for the PRI nomination, Manlio Fabio Beltrones, the president of the Mexican Senate, says he will compete for his party’s presidential nomination. He polls around five percent of PRI supporters, compared with Peña Nieto’s eighty-three percent and above.
In the meantime, the two main PRD contenders have been active in the press on other issues. Andrés Manuel López Obrador criticized the Mexican government for being submissive to the United States in allowing U.S. counter-drug agents to operate in Mexican territory, and Marcelo Ebrard announced wedding plans for October with former Honduran diplomat Rosalinda Bueso.
The PAN candidates were active this week as well. Josefina Vázquez Mota spent a reported five million pesos (about $409,550) on her annual address as head of the PAN delegation in Congress, which reporters described as “looking, sounding, and feeling like a campaign stop.”
Santiago Creel is set to meet with former president Vicente Fox, to encourage him to “get to work” in favor of the PAN in next year’s elections. Meanwhile, current Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero received another 38,000 signatures in support of his candidacy from all over the country, presented by the governor of Guanajuato, Juan Manuel Oliva.