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Monday, June 18, 2018

The Third and Final Mexican Presidential Debate

By Allan Wall

The Mexican presidential election, scheduled for July 1st, is getting close, with AMLO still leading in the polls.  Congressional elections are scheduled for the same day.

The third and final Mexican presidential debate was held on June 12th, 2018, at the
Museo del Mundo Maya (Museum of the Maya World) in Merida, Yucatan.

(For information on the first and second debates, click here and here.)

If you’d like to watch a video of the debate, click here.

The third debate was held in a round table format, with three moderators and the four candidates seated around the table.  It lasted two hours.  I thought it was well managed. 

Interestingly, this was the first of the three debates in which Donald Trump was never mentioned.

AMLO of course, mentioned “the mafia of power,” which refers to the PRI and PAN and anybody he is against.

Anaya actually pulled out his cell phone and was reminded by a moderator that the candidates weren’t supposed to use them, however Anaya wasn’t talking but using it to discuss how 30% of Mexicans don’t have one, and that they are very useful.

The four candidates at the debate and in the election, listed in order of their positions in the polls, are:

      I.          ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR (AMLO) is the candidate of the party he himself founded, MORENA (Movimiento Regeneración Nacional) in coalition with Partido del Trabajo, the Labor Party (PT) and PES (Partido Encuentro Social).  The official name of the coalition is Juntos Haremos Historia (Together We Will Make History). 

   II.          RICARDO ANAYA CORTES of the PAN (Partido Acción Nacional), in coalition with the leftist PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática) and the smaller Movimiento Ciudadano (Citizen Movement).  This coalition is called Por México al Frente (For Mexico to the Front). 

 III.          JOSE ANTONIO MEADE KURIBREÑA of the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional), the party of current President Enrique Peña Nieto.  The PRI is in coalition with two smaller parties: The Green Party (Partido Verde Ecologista de México) and the Partido Nueva Alianza, the PNA or PANAL.  The official name of Meade’s coalition is Todos por México (Everybody for Mexico). 

IV.          JAIME HELIODORO RODRIGUEZ CALDERON, better known as “El Bronco.”  Although formerly of the PRI, Bronco is now an independent.

Excelsior ran a piece, a compendium entitled Estas son las mejores frases del tercer debate presidencial, which translates to “These are the Best Phrases of the Third Presidential Debate.”  Here are some of the quotes:

AMLO:

“Corruption is the biggest cancer that is destroying the country.”
● [To Anaya] “I’m not corrupt like you.”

ANAYA

● “Equal work, equal pay.  Women are going to count on me.”
● “I’m the only candidate that has committed to lowering the price of gasoline.”
● “I have been a teacher and of course I am on the side of the teachers.  What I don’t agree with is the way in which the Educative Reform has been implemented.”
● “It’s not about voting for what divides us but voting for what unites us as Mexicans.”

MEADE

● “I guarantee you that Mexico is going to grow.”
● “Children are the axes of education.”
● “The topic of climate change has to do with how we see our future and how we want our country to be.”
● “One problem that can be resolved with technology is corruption.”

BRONCO

● “I will lift up the country, taking it from all the lazy ones of the government, including AMLO, Meade and Anaya.”
● “Yes, single mothers and the handicapped must be supported, but not everybody.  There are many lazy people.”
● “Fathers and Mothers have to stop pandering to the children.  We have to change our attitude as parents of the family.”
● “I am addicted to technology.”

Excelsior also put together a compendium entitled Mejores propuestas del tercer y último debate presidencial (The Best Proposals of the Third and Final Presidential Debate), but that of course depends on what you think are good proposals.  Check it out by clicking the hyperlink above if you’re curious.

Click here for an interesting New York Times article about candidate Ricardo Anaya.

BLOOMBERG POLL TRACKER: As of the June 15th edition, the Bloomberg Poll Tracker had the candidates poll percentages as AMLO 50.8%, Anaya 24.8%, Meade 21.6%, and Bronco 3.7%.

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Allan Wall, an educator, resided in Mexico for many years.  His website is located at http://www.allanwall.info.

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