Diana Murray Watts and Eric L. Olson, The Mexico Institute’s Elections Guide, 2/2/2012
On January 31st, the three remaining candidates for the PAN’s presidential nomination met at the party’s national headquarters for a second debate before party members and affiliated members chose their candidate on February fifth. The nationally broadcast debate was the second between former Congressional leader Josefina Vázquez Mota, former Treasury Secretary Ernesto Cordero, and former Senator Santiago Creel. It was also the first held under new rules designed to encourage interaction and debate between the candidates. Previous debates had been criticized for their tameness because debate rules only allowed candidates to present their positions but not address or debate the positions of others.
Several issues were on the agenda at the debate including the fight against poverty, sustainable development, justice and security. Given the importance of the security debate, we provide the following excerpts from the candidates’ declarations during the debate. (The translations are our own and unofficial). Read the rest of this entry »