All eyes on Tijuana for Mexico’s second presidential debate

05/21/2018 The San Diego Union-Tribune

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On a public university campus just south of the U.S. border, Mexico’s four presidential candidates sounded a nationalist tone in a precedent-setting debate in Tijuana Sunday night, vowing that if elected, they will defend the country’s dignity in its relationship with its northern neighbor.

President Donald Trump “will have to learn to respect us, this I can guarantee,” said Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the left-of-center candidate who is a strong front-runner in most polls.

“We need to recast the relationship with the United States,” said Ricardo Anaya, of Mexico’s right-of-center National Action Party, the PAN, who has been running in second place.

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‘You can’t appease tyrants and bullies’: Mexican candidates take hard line on Trump

05/21/2018 The Washington Post

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 Mexico’s presidential hopefuls on Sunday evening demanded respect from President Trump and the United States and sparred over how to confront the nation’s challenges, from dealing with deported migrants to the cross-border flows of drugs and guns.

The second of three presidential debates before the July 1 presidential election was heavy on visual aids, with the candidates waving magazine covers, charts and a white bag that deported Mexican migrants receive to hold their belongings. At one point, candidate Ricardo Anaya held up a large photo of Trump, then a candidate himself, on a 2016 visit to Mexico to meet President Enrique Peña Nieto.

“The problem began on this day,” Anaya said as he held the photo aloft, calling Trump’s invitation from Peña Nieto “not only an error, it was a humiliation for the Mexican people.”

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Leftist holds lead after Mexican presidential debate

05/21/2018 Financial Times

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Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the leftist frontrunner in Mexico’s July 1 election, traded insults with his closest rival, conservative Ricardo Anaya in a second presidential election debate but analysts saw little to change the current standings.

Mr Anaya, who is widely hailed as laser sharp, hit out at Mr López Obrador in debate focusing on foreign policy and migration, saying that “the problem is that your ideas are very old … the problem is not that you don’t speak English. The problem is that you don’t understand the world”.

Mr López Obrador (pictured), who is polling 41.5-46.7 per cent support in his third bid for the presidency according to a poll of polls by election site Oraculus.mx, compared with 26.7-31.4 per cent for Mr Anaya, shrugged off the criticism. “Smile, we’re going to win,” he said, after earlier branding Mr Anaya “Ricky Rich” and saying he was going to protect his wallet as his rival moved too close.

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Mexican presidential front-runner scoffs at reports of poor health

05/18/2018 Reuters

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MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – Mexico’s presidential front-runner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday laughed off media reports he was in poor health, saying he was “100 percent” fit and could “stand on one leg.”

The 64-year-old Lopez Obrador, who suffered a serious heart attack in late 2013, has for months held a clear lead in opinion polls for the July 1 presidential election.

Columns in newspaper El Financiero as well as social media reports this week said Lopez Obrador’s heart and back required regular treatment, but the veteran leftist said on a campaign stop in southern Mexico he was in excellent health.

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UPCOMING EVENT | One Month Out: New Perspectives on the 2018 Mexican Election

Mexican Elections (002)WHEN: Tuesday, May 22, 2018, 1:00-2:15pm

WHERE: 5th Floor, Wilson Center

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On July 1, 2018, Mexicans go to the polls to pick a new President and a new Congress. Throughout the campaign, there has been a clear front-runner, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO), who on his third attempt to win the presidency appears to have cracked the code on how to convince Mexico’s voters that he offers an opportunity for positive change rather than a threat. AMLO’s Morena party may also be heading towards a congressional majority, raising the possibility that he will be able to enact an ambitious legislative agenda.

The next month will continue to see intense campaigning among the four remaining candidates. For voters who are unhappy with the status quo, that is a compelling and attractive prospect, and the polling numbers show that AMLO has been successful thus far in persuading voters across the demographic spectrum that he offers the best chance for meaningful change. The other candidates have turned their attention to attacking AMLO and his Morena party at every opportunity; yet, nothing has reduced his support from the Mexican electorate. Join us for an in-depth analysis of voting trends and the platforms of the candidates.

Speakers
Carlos Heredia
Professor, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

María Amparo Casar
Professor-Researcher, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Juan Pardinas
General Director, Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad (IMCO)
Advisory Board Member, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

Moderator
Duncan Wood

Director, Mexico Institute, Wilson Center

For more information on the 2018 Mexican elections, visit our Elections Guide.

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Mexican independent candidate and ex-first lady Margarita Zavala says she is dropping out of July 1 presidential race via @washingtonpost

05/16/2018 The Washington Post

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican independent candidate and ex-first lady Margarita Zavala says she is dropping out of July 1 presidential race.

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Mexican Leftist Frontrunner Extends Lead for Presidency: Poll via @nytimes

05/15/2018 The New York Times

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MEXICO CITY — Mexican presidential frontrunner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador extended his lead to more than 12 points over his nearest rival ahead of the July 1 vote, according to a poll published on Tuesday.

The survey by polling firm Consulta Mitofsky showed Lopez Obrador, running for the third time, had 32.6 percent of support, up from 31.9 percent in April.

Second-placed Ricardo Anaya, the candidate of the “For Mexico in Front” coalition of three parties from the right and left, saw his backing fall slightly to 20.5 percent, versus 20.8 in the previous survey.

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