The Week in Review: 1/30/2012

Katie Putnam, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 1/30/2012

The PAN candidates head into a second debate tomorrow (1/31) under new rules designed to make the event more “exciting,” while political analysts assess the campaigns and the PRI’s prospects in the Mexico City and presidential election.



The head of the PAN’s National Elections Committee has announced new rules for the primary debate tomorrow (1/31) at 8pm Central time. The candidates will participate in six rounds, five of which will feature questions about security, poverty, economic growth, and the environment. In the other round, the candidates will each present three policy proposals. The changes come in response to criticism that the first debate, as we noted here, lacked the dynamism of an actual debate.




Political analyst Leo Zuckerman argues that priísta Beatriz Paredes’ candidacy in the Mexico City mayoral race is a mistake. While she was ahead in the polls, mostly due to her greater name recognition, before the other two parties honed in on their candidates, , her competition is now fierce. According to a new El Universal poll, she is now 13 points down from the PRD’s Miguel Ángel Mancera (36 percent support) and tied with the PAN’s Isabel Miranda de Wallace (23 percent support). Mancera, Zuckerman notes, proved to be a strong candidate in the PRD’s internal poll, while Wallace is increasingly popular and nationally recognized as a courageous social rights activist. Paredes, on the other hand, is seen as a member of the PRI’s “old guard.”

For more on the substance of the race, see Duncan Wood’s new post on the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ website highlighting the centrality of security.

Lastly, the PRI’s presidential nominee Enrique Peña Nieto acknowledged that he had two children out of wedlock during his first marriage. The repercussions of the admission, in which he defended himself as a good father, have been muted thus far.


Other news


Roderic Camp of Claremont McKenna College spoke at the Woodrow Wilson Center about the upcoming presidential contest:

“It will be interesting to see what PRI is really proposing that will be different from PAN on two major issues,” Camp said. “One is how do you increase personal income, and how do you reduce violence, therefore increase personal security.”


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