The Week in Review: 8/16/2011

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.


Peña Nieto

Enrique Peña Nieto, the outgoing governor of the State of Mexico, reminded voters that he had met one-hundred percent of his campaign promises.

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.



Ebrard and Bueso

Different PRD leaders emphasized that divisions within the left in the 2012 electoral race would be disastrous, and are launching a publicity campaign to foster unity.

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.



Creel and Fox

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.

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