Archive: June 25, 2006 - July 01, 2006

PostGlobal: What Would Obrador Win Hold?

Our friends at PostGlobal weigh the outcome of a potential Obrador win in the Mexican presidential election, which offers " a clear choice between populism and markets. Lopez Obrador, the former mayor of Mexico City, has promised subsidies to the poor and Felipe Calderon, who champions free trade, has support...

By washingtonpost.com | June 30, 2006; 5:47 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Blessed Silencio as Campaigns Go Dark

When they say no campaigning in Mexico, they mean it. Federal law here requires a three-day pause for "reflection" prior to Sunday's vote, meaning Internet sites are dark, candidates are hunkered down and the airwaves are blissfully free of the political rat-a-tat-tat. Pollsters had to clam up a week...

By washingtonpost.com | June 30, 2006; 8:47 AM ET | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)

The Rally of All Rallies

He may win the election Sunday. He very well may not. But there is no doubt as Mexico's 2006 presidential contest comes to a close that Andrés Manuel López Obrador knows how to turn out a crowd -- not the bused in, free-lunch and T-shirt kind of crowd either....

By washingtonpost.com | June 29, 2006; 11:45 AM ET | Comments (14) | TrackBack (0)

Mexico Rocks the Vote

It's a familiar refrain in the waning days of a political campaign that young people could decide the outcome. (So could the elderly, poor voters and a host of other constituencies, but perhaps that's just Campaign Conexión being cranky.) In the tight three-way fight for Mexico's presidency, the push is on to snag the support of the "voto joven" or "youth vote." That means rock concerts and soccer stars, Internet chat rooms, risque radio spots and three grown men trying--fairly unsuccessfully--to look and act hip.

By washingtonpost.com | June 29, 2006; 8:25 AM ET | Comments (5) | TrackBack (0)

Antojitos:Back From the Dead?

Last week, El Universal's cartoonist sketched PRI nominee Roberto Madrazo in a casket. Now take a look....

By washingtonpost.com | June 28, 2006; 5:03 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Last-Minute Pitches, Endorsements and Lame Duck Days

Felipe Calderón, in the closing hours of his bid for the Mexican presidency, is touting his "grand plan" for Mexico. In an interview with El Universal, Calderón, the conservative nominee from Vicente Fox's ruling party outlined his 24-year agenda. Calderón, who had moved ahead in the polls this spring...

By washingtonpost.com | June 28, 2006; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (9) | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Chávez's Spot in Mexican Elections

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports on Mexican presidential candidate Felipe Calderón's rise in the polls after campaign ads linked his opponent to Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez. In the last few days before the election, Calderón is tied with Andrés Manuel López Obrador, and the ads could sway the July 2...

By washingtonpost.com | June 28, 2006; 9:35 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Madrazo Campaign Q&A

Campaign Conexión hosts a live discussion with Roberta Lajous, campaign adviser to presidential candidate Roberto Madrazo, Wednesday at noon ET. Send your questions now!...

By washingtonpost.com | June 27, 2006; 5:50 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

Antojitos: Fox, BBC Briefly Get the Boot

Uh, oh. Pulling the plug on foreign press? Let's hope Campaign Conexión isn't next....

By washingtonpost.com | June 27, 2006; 2:00 PM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

'Don't Make Bets' on Mexico Race

Time is running out for Mexico's presidential candidates. Although voting takes place Sunday, July 2, election law prohibits any active campaigning in the final four days. Campaign Conexión wonders if that means a nap is in order Thursday? Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the left-leaning former mayor of Mexico City,...

By washingtonpost.com | June 27, 2006; 11:02 AM ET | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)

Calderón Campaign Q&A

Campaign Conexión hosts a live discussion with Arturo Sarukhan, campaign adviser to presidential candidate Felipe Calderon, today at 11 a.m. Send your questions now!...

By washingtonpost.com | June 27, 2006; 10:29 AM ET | Comments (4) | TrackBack (0)

Candidates Sprint to Campaign Finish

PACHUCA, Mexico -- Dying? Perhaps. But the old "dinosaurio" known as the PRI is definitely not dead yet. In a remarkable show of force, organizers for the Institutional Revolutionary Party filled a bull ring here Sunday with more than 20,000 people at a rally that would have made a...

By washingtonpost.com | June 26, 2006; 11:04 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

From The Post: Dirty Politics in Mexico

The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia reports today on voter coercion in Mexico. Despite improvements, Mexico seems to find itself struggling with the same issues of fraud and corruption it has faced in previous elections. Millions of poor Mexicans have been threatened with exclusion from health care and social assistance programs if...

By washingtonpost.com | June 26, 2006; 10:09 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

López Obrador Campaign Q&A

Campaign Conexión hosts a live discussion with Jorge de los Santos, campaign adviser to presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Monday at 2 p.m....

By washingtonpost.com | June 26, 2006; 10:00 AM ET | Email a Comment | TrackBack (0)

 

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