Mexico’s ruling conservatives pump up attacks on rival

Reuters, 4/11/12

Mexico’s ruling conservatives have stepped up attacks on presidential front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto in an effort to help their struggling candidate, who is slipping back toward third place.

A new TV spot by the National Action Party, or PAN, describing Pena Nieto as a “liar” began to circulate just as a poll showed support for PAN contender Josefina Vazquez Mota falling to its lowest level since the campaign began.

Pena Nieto, of the opposition Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI), has a commanding lead over Vazquez Mota, whose bid has been undermined by squabbles within her party and a string of mishaps on the campaign trail ahead of the July 1 election.

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