Cordero is widely respected for his previous role as Treasury Secretary, especially since the financial crisis and recession of 2008 and 2009; he stepped down on September 9th to contend for the party’s nomination. Before this post, he served as as Minister of Social Development (SEDESOL). In addition to being considered an intelligent and capable administrator, he is seen as a favorite of President Calderón. Two primary weaknesses are his lack of dynamism as a speaker, and the perception that he is removed from the experience of average Mexicans. He has made a couple of comments recently about Mexican poverty that have generated outrage among lower-income Mexicans in particular.