Monday, April 30, 2018
Taking a Look at the Mexican Presidential Candidates' Debate
At a forum analyzing the debate, with representatives
of the candidates, each represented their hopeful as the winner. And many viewers who watched the debate
considered their particular candidate to be the winner. The degree of political fanaticism seems to surpass that of soccer
fanatics, because when their favorite team plays poorly many fans criticize it, which seems not to be the case when a preferred
candidate does poorly.
Bronco was witty and, knowing he will not win, said what he thinks,
like cutting off a hand of thieves. And although it shows one has not read the Constitution, his commentary
sounded good to many who have been victims of theft while the perpetrators go unpunished.
was flowing with her answers and comments, satanized for being the wife of a former President – who, by the way, gave
the current government a country with twice the growth and lower inflation.
questioned José Antonio Meade regarding his silence considering the corruption of the party he represents. Very difficult
for a candidate with a reputation for speaking out honestly on the subject, when he represents a party and government that
are considered the most dishonest in the modern history of Mexico.
who is leading in the polls, chose not to answer uncomfortable questions and just repeated phrases that have worked. He did
not clarify the allegations of incongruity for having on his team those he described in his book as corrupt and having been
member[s] of the PRI in the Salinas government.
Anaya, seen as the winner in serious polls,
not in those where the PRI used robots such as the social networks, was the best prepared with his answers. He responded well
to the accusations of dishonesty. He blamed PGR factions for accusing him without proof, and [President Enrique Peña
Nieto] for protecting corrupt PRI governors. He cited the case of Coahuila. He said corrupt governors where arrested where
there are alternate [governments], not where the PRI remains in power.
Luis Pazos (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), who heads the Free Enterprise Research Center (CISLE) in Mexico City, holds a master's degree in Public Finance and a doctorate in Law from the National Autonomous University
of Mexico (UNAM). A prolific writer and forethoughtful analyst, Dr. Pazos' commentaries on Mexican economics, finance
and politics have appeared in newspapers and magazines throughout the Americas. As well, he is the author of numerous
books. Edited translation by MexiData.info.