“I’ve read a lot about Enrique Peña Nieto being an “empty suit.” Do the Mexican people see him that way?
· Will the Teacher’s Union’s failure to support the PRI candidate hurt its chances in July?
· Will the charisma of Josefina Vázquez Mota overcome the bad feelings about the PAN party’s “war on the drug cartels?”.
· Given an apparent weak candidate from PRI and an unpopular PAN “War on the Drug Cartels” it would appear that Andrés Manuel López Obrador might have a real chance this year, am I correct?”
This is the BIG question. If you read the reports from either PAN or PRI-leaning papers, you’ll be quite sure that either of these two parties has it in the bag for next July’s federal election. But go into social media sites and it’s a different story. It is ALL about Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (AMLO).
Once the parties’ campaigns really get going in March, we’ll hear so much from all the candidates that we’ll nearly go bonkers… The messages will change with the polls. That is to say that whatever the voters appear to want will become the main focus of the PAN and PRI candidates. But on one issue the two parties will stand united: the PRD must be held back.
I believe that their resistance to AMLO is resistance to change. “Change!” one of my Panista friends cried, “What if it’s worse? What if AMLO turns out to be another Chavez?”
I doubt that will happen, but I think that this country could certainly do with some change, and the PRD is the only party I see offering any such thing.
It is too soon to tell. It’s a long time till July, but I do not regard Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador as an “already-ran”… So in answer to your question, I would say “Yes,” he is certainly a player, and at this point, he stands as good a chance as the other two.
Have you seen the documentary “0.56” ? It profiles AMLO, and the disputed 2006 election. The director is Lorenzo Hagerman. He and his wife Paula Haro are the directors of Merida’s “ La 68 Centro Cultural Elena Poniatowska” The film is often shown on either a Thursday, Friday or Saturday night at 9 pm. If you want to understand more about AMLO, do see this film.
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