Mexico election: Protest group ‘I am 132’ holds debate

BBC News, 6/20/2012

Three of Mexico’s presidential candidates have taken part in an online debate organised by a student protest movement known as #YoSoy132 (I am 132).

Josefina Vazquez Mota, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Gabriel Quadri answered questions over the internet.

But front-runner Enrique Pena Nieto, the main target of the group’s protests, declined to take part, saying the debate would not be neutral…

The debate was unprecedented, says BBC Mundo’s Ignacio de los Reyes, but it is difficult to gauge how many people it reached or whether it did anything to change the electoral panorama.

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AMLO, Josefina and Quadri plan to attend debate with #YoSoy132 [In Spanish]

ADNPolítico, 6/6/2012

Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO), Josefina Vázquez Mota and Gabriel Quadri accepted to attend the debate organized by the #YoSoy132 movement. Enrique Peña Nieto will most likely decline as the student movement has openly declared itself against the PRI-PVEM presidential candidate.

Last Wednesday, the student movement uploaded a promotional video on YouTube that invites the presidential candidates to participate in the debate.

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Mexico soccer vs politics spat getting ugly

CBS News, 5/2/12

Mexico’s scheduling conflict between a presidential candidates’ debate and a soccer quarterfinals match got ugly Tuesday, amid accusations of skullduggery, greed and authoritarianism. It seems to have been turned into a grudge match, between whether Mexicans will tune in to watch politicos batting around ideas, or two of the nation’s best teams kicking around a ball.

Electoral authorities made plans two weeks ago to hold the debate at 8 p.m. this Sunday. Then on Monday, Mexico’s soccer federation announced it will hold a first-division quarterfinals match between Tigres and Morelia at the same time. Leonardo Valdes, the head of Mexico’s electoral institute, condemned some broadcasters’ decision to show the soccer game and not the debate.

“This sends a bad message,” Valdes said. “I think it has been proven that these matches can be broadcast at other times. Traditionally on Sundays they have been at other times, not so late.” Valdes said authorities won’t change the debate, even though one network owner, Ricardo Salinas Pliego of TV Azteca, suggested in a Twitter posting that the soccer match will easily win the ratings race. “If you want to see a debate, watch it on (rival network) Televisa. If not, watch soccer on Azteca, I’ll tell you about the ratings the next day,” Salinas Pliego wrote in a Twitter account linked to his corporations’ websites.

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Cordero attends debate; Vázquez Mota and Creel are absent [In Spanish]

Ernesto Cordero – considered by many Calderon’s dauphin – was the only PAN candidate who attended the invitation from Carmen Aristegui to participate in an MVS-hosted radio debate. Cordero criticized PAN’s National Elections Commission for not allowing the others seeking the PAN presidential nomination, Josefina Vázquez Mota and Santiago Cree, to attend debates not hosted by PAN.

El Universal, 1/24/2012

Ernesto Cordero, quien busca la candidatura del PAN a la Presidencia de la República, fue el único que atendió a una convocatoria lanzada por la periodista Carmen Aristegui, para participar en un debate en MVS Radio, en la que también se invitó a Josefina Vázquez Mota y Santiago Creel.

Vázquez Mota adujo dudas sobre la legalidad de los debates, por lo que no acudiría al encuentro pactado para este martes a las 8:00 horas; mientras que Creel Miranda dijo que estaría presente siempre y cuando estuvieran sus correligionarios.

“Yo si estoy aquí porque estoy convencido que la ley permite que haya debates y este tipo de foros”, dijo Cordero, quien señaló que en el PAN siempre se ha privilegiado el intenso debate. “Espero que esto los lleve a la reflexión”, declaró Cordero Arroyo, refiriéndose a sus compañeros de partido y que también buscan la candidatura para
contender en las elecciones presidenciales del 1 de julio próximo.

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