Archive: June 18, 2006 - June 24, 2006

Antojitos: AMLO's Fiscal Discipline

If elected president of Mexico next week, Andrés Manuel López Obrador promises to take a pay cut, according to a report in Reforma. AMLO, as the leftist PRD party's candidate is referred to here, says his salary would be 80,000 pesos a month, or about $90,000 a year depending...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 24, 2006; 8:33 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Futbol Sorrows and a Neck-and-Neck Race

A sad, sad few days here in Mexico. The national team lost to Portugal in Wednesday's World Cup match. Why is Campaign Conexión passing along soccer results. Well, "futbol" is the hottest thing here, and sometimes it's the only way presidential candidates can get any attention. "Midway through Mexico's World...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 23, 2006; 7:35 AM ET | Comments (9) | TrackBack (1)

From The Post: Obrador Profile

Staff Writer Manuel Roig-Franzia profiles PRD candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Friday's Washington Post. Excerpt: "Obrador, who is often compared with South American leftists, has found a model in an icon from the north: Franklin Delano Roosevelt. López Obrador's economics team has developed a blueprint for what they call...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 22, 2006; 10:50 PM ET | Comments (14) | TrackBack (0)

AMLO: The Populist Charmer

QUERETARO, Mexico -- He's been compared to Bill Clinton, a Mexican political rock star. Crowds of 50,000 have festooned him with floral wreaths, adulation and the uber-macho nickname "rooster." This, I had to see for myself. So Campaign Conexión hit the road early Wednesday, journeying 125 miles northwest of Mexico...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 22, 2006; 9:01 AM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Calderón Dips Into PAN's Deep Pockets

A sign of concern? Or just flexing its muscles? The National Action Party is funneling big bucks from its congressional candidates to presidential nominee Felipe Calderón, according to a scoop reported by El Universal. The party, known by its Spanish acronym PAN, has skimmed 150,000 pesos from each down-ballot contender...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 21, 2006; 7:15 AM ET | Comments (14) | TrackBack (0)

Antojitos: When Words Aren't Needed...

Oh how the PRI's fortunes have declined. The cartoon pokes fun at PRI candidate Roberto Madrazo. "I believe that the old PRI is already dead," says Madrazo. (Cartoon Courtesy El Universal) -- Ceci Connolly...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 20, 2006; 4:08 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Follow the (Campaign) Money

It doesn't matter what country you're in. These days, elections are all about money -- who's got it, where did it come from and what can be done for the folks who don't have much of it. With less than two weeks to Election Day here, news organizations and government...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 20, 2006; 7:30 AM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Antojitos: Go Team!

Remember the days when dear ol' Dad went to the beach wearing dark socks with his sandals? President Vicente Fox gestures Friday as he watches Mexico play Angola in his country's World Cup first round match. (Reuters) Reforma.com's featured photo gallery of President Vicente Fox and PAN candidate Felipe Calderon...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 19, 2006; 4:11 PM ET | Comments (2) | TrackBack (0)

Candidate Q&As: Calderón and López Obrador

Newsweek's Lally Weymouth  scored interviews with the two fruntrunners, with Q&A's running in The Post's Sunday Outlook section. Weymouth pulls no punches with either candidate. Here's a taste of her questioning of Calderón: "The tone of the campaign is nasty. Lopez Obrador said in the debate that your brother-in-law got...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 19, 2006; 12:00 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Football 1, Presidential Campaign 0

Soccer, soccer, soccer. It's everywhere here in Mexico and it's enough to make a political blogger jealous. And just imagine how the presidential candidates must feel. Here it is the home stretch in the national elections and the contenders are drawing some of their biggest crowds in two years of...

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 19, 2006; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

 

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