From left, Anaya, AMLO and Meade: presidential candidates. From left, Anaya, AMLO and Meade: confirmed candidates.

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López Obrador, Anaya, Meade officially declared presidential candidates

The three leading presidential hopefuls formally accepted their parties’ nominations yesterday, while three independent candidates are poised to join them on the ballot for the July 1 election.


Andrés Manuel López Obrador, Ricardo Anaya and José Antonio Meade held competing rallies in Mexico City at which they articulated their campaign platforms in their official acceptance speeches.

López Obrador, the candidate for the National Regeneration Movement, or Morena party, promised that if he succeeds in winning the election he will fulfill all of his campaign promises.

“There will be no disappointment,” declared the 64-year-old veteran of Mexican politics.

Widely known as AMLO, the candidate also said that he will act “with stubbornness . . . and perseverance verging on madness” to put an end to corruption.

Among the 56 commitments outlined by the current front-runner in the polls were to stamp out nepotism in the government, reduce the salaries of high-ranking officials, disband the intelligence agency CISEN, rigorously punish human rights violations and not raise taxes.

The third-time candidate also addressed United States President Donald Trump’s border wall proposal.


“If he insists on building the wall, we’re going to turn to the United Nations to defend the rights of Mexicans,” López Obrador said. “I’m conscious of my historic responsibility,” he added.

Also supporting López Obrador’s candidacy are the Labor Party (PT) and the Social Encounter Party (PES), forming a coalition called Together We’ll Make History.

At the National Auditorium, Ricardo Anaya officially became the candidate for the right-left coalition known as For Mexico in Front.

The three-way alliance is made up of the conservative National Action Party (PAN), the leftist Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD) and the smaller Citizens’ Movement Party (MC).

Anaya, 38, is the youngest of the candidates but in his acceptance speech he declared that he was well and truly prepared to take on the top job.

“I’m ready so that together we achieve the change that Mexico needs today,” he said.

He too pledged to put an end to corruption as well as spiraling levels of violence and inequality.

In a thinly veiled attack on López Obrador, Anya said “what Mexico needs is not a messiah . . . what Mexico needs is the unequivocal enforcement of the law.”

He also said that he would increase the minimum wage and improve education to support an economy that is based on “knowledge” rather than “manufacturing.”

Anaya also took a swipe at the current administration, charging that it had allowed the United States to walk all over Mexico.

“Mexico will never again be treated like a doormat for the United States, as it has been in this government,” he declared.

The third major party candidate, José Antonio Meade, will represent an alliance led by the ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) but also including the Ecologist Green Party of Mexico (PVEM) and the New Alliance Party (PANAL).

In his speech, the former finance secretary said that if he wins the election, Mexicans will receive personal support from the government he leads.

“Needs are always personal; the support of the government will be as well . . .” he said, adding that the support would include things such as scholarships, medicine and backing for small businesses.

Meade’s candidacy represents the first time ever that the PRI has chosen a candidate from outside its own ranks.

Meade previously served as a cabinet secretary in Felipe Calderon’s PAN administration and the party hopes that he can appeal to voters across party lines.

However, he is lagging a distant third in the polls and faces an uphill battle to prove that he represents change despite representing a party that has been plagued by corruption scandals.

Meade, 48, vowed to crack down on crime and impunity and recognized that many Mexicans are angry about the current state of the country and its political affairs.

“We cannot neglect or ignore society’s demands . . . we have to take charge of expressions of discomfort and disappointment,” he said.

For the first time ever, three independent candidates are also almost certain to appear on the ballot in what will be a crowded six-person race.

Margarita Zavala, Jaime Rodríguez and Armando Ríos Piter have all collected the required number of signatures to qualify to appear on the ballot and are now awaiting verification and ratification of their candidacies from the National Electoral Institute (INE).

Zavala, a former first lady, quit the PAN last year after it became clear that she would not become its candidate, and instead chose to pursue an independent path to the presidency.

Rodríguez, widely known as El Bronco, was the first independent governor of a Mexican state but left his position at the helm of the Nuevo León government at the end of last year to focus on his run at the presidency.

Ríos Piter is a federal senator representing the state of Guerrero.

All three only have single-digit support in polls and analysts doubt that any has a chance of winning but they represent alternatives for voters who are dissatisfied with the government and other major parties.

The indigenous candidate known as Marichuy fell well short of the 866,000 signatures required to appear on the ballot as did another independent aspirant, Pedro Ferriz.

The official campaign period starts at the end of next month.

Political risk analysts at Eurasia Group said Friday that if current polling trends continue “the race will become more competitive between the two front runners,” but added “voter intentions have historically shifted throughout the campaign season, so much could change.”

Source: El Economista (sp)  El Universal (sp), Reuters (en)

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  • DreadFool

    “I’m ready so that together we achieve the change that Mexico needs today,” Deeply original!

  • “If he insists on building the wall, we’re going to turn to the United Nations to defend the rights of Mexicans.”

    What in God’s name is this idiot talking about? Exactly what “rights of Mexicans” would be damaged by a border wall? Their right to sneak into the United States illegally?

    • Edel Macías

      Trump insist that the wall should be paid by Mexico Government. Trying to force us to do that would damage our sovereignty. I think that’s what he means.

      • I don’t think that’s what he means at all, so we’ll have to agree to disagree. I think that most Mexicans actually believe they have a “right” to go into the U.S. whenever they wish. They have come to believe this, in part, due to the absurd, open-border attitude of both U.S. political parties and administrations going back decades.

        As for Trump saying Mexico will pay for the wall, that’s absurd too. If a nation wants to build a border wall, it’s that nation’s responsibility, not a neighboring nation. It was a dumb thing for Trump to say in the first place.

        • Edel Macías

          As far as my experience and knowledge goes, who dares to go illegally to the US, accepts the possibility of deportation or prison, because they know its prohibited to do so. Hence why they’re so afraid of the “Migra” once living there. I believe that the US and Mexico needs a truly bilateral relationship, where we don’t throw stereotypes at each other and acknowledge our qualities and defects between and among ourselves. There are many instances where illegal migrants pose a benefit to the US and viceversa. Enforcing an immigration policy that takes that benefit into account would be best, IMHO.
          Returning to the original topic, I too think that what Trump said was just, as a you say, dumb. But whatever I think AMLO meant, he should’ve given more detail about the “damaged rights”

          • Commander Barkfeather

            Excellent post. If there is an “entitlement mentality” amongst border crossers, as Sr. Zapata claims, it may be due to the fact that their destination USED to be Mexican territory. People do not accept changing boundaries as readily as nation-states do. For example, Palestinians feel “entitled” to land claimed by Israel–after all, they used to live there. This mentality may last for one hundred, two hundred, even five hundred years. I do not agree with this mentality, however I do recognize it. This needs to be acknowledged if we are to ever realize the bilateral relationship you suggest.

          • From South of the Border

            Commander Joke, Who cares what Mexicans think about what happened over 150 plus years ago the borders aren’t changing any time soon and probably never! As far as the so called Palestinians are concerned, they have lost Jerusalem and, if they don’t look out they might just lose everything! Unlike with the last resident of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. the present resident will defend our friends and our own borders! Since President Trump decided to move the American embassy to Jerusalem 5 other countries have also decided to do so as well which means good luck to the Palestinian losers! By the way the U.S. embassy is going to be built in East Jerusalem , so the losers have no hope of ever seeing any part of Jerusalem as part of their, so called country!
            As far as Mexicans seeing the other side of the border as still Mexican land History has already, been decided on that question and the present president of the United States will uphold American rights at the present border whether Mexicans like it or not!!

          • Both what Trump said about Mexico paying for the wall, and what AMLO is saying are in the same category: campaign blather. Both stances sound great to the uninformed.

  • cooncats

    It looks to me like the reformers are going to succeed in dividing the anti-PRI vote to the point they get the PRI elected once again. This is not very smart.

    As for the wall, decades of wink and nod immigration non-enforcement in the U.S. have given Mexicans the idea they are entitled to march into the U.S. illegally to the point they think they have a right to do so. Of course the same Mexicans are very adamant their own immigration laws are followed. More than a little hypocrisy on both sides but the bottom line is the U.S. does have the right to put a stop to the wholesale illegal immigration across that border even if they are doing so more than a little belatedly.

    Mexico’s problems are not made in the U.S. They are made right here at home with a culture of pervasive corruption and criminality overseen by the criminal political class and the handful of greedy rich families which own Mexico lock stock and barrel.

    • “As for the wall, decades of wink and nod immigration non-enforcement in the U.S. have given Mexicans the idea they are entitled to march into the U.S. illegally to the point they think they have a right to do so.”

      Precisely correct.

  • WestCoastHwy

    Another great Six Mexican Years!

  • From South of the Border

    For me I am rooting for Anaya, but I could live with Meade. I just don’t want to see, AMLO in as president he is not fit to be president of a 5 and dime store. As far as Trump is concerned he has already said how he will make Mexico pay for the wall 6 Senators have already proposed and the president has agreed to a 10% tax on remitances to pay for the wall, if Mexico doesn’t agree to a payment schedule. Since most of the money coming to Mexico from the U.S. is from illegal aliens this will help to pay for the wall and maybe force them to go home! It is time for Mexicans to understand the American people’s patience has worn thin and is almost gone either cooperate or face the much worse consequences of the anger of the American people!!

    • I am voting again for AMLO. Anaya talks a good talk but the 2 PAN Presidencies were not much different than the PRI. The PAN is and always has been a right wing, middle class, Catholic party that does not respect separation of Church and State and has done very little to raise wages and help the poor. AMLO was the Chief of Mexico City where he did more improvements and more change than any Chief since Lazaro Cardenas. That is his resumé. There is a very good reason why residents of Mexico City overwhelmingly support him. He has been investigated for 30 years by the government and never have they produced any evidence of wrong doing. AMLO will put the energy reforms and NAFTA negotiation to a vote.

      • From South of the Border

        Glenn, You can vote for AMLO until your blue in the face, the political establishment will never allow him to sit in Los Pinos, they’ll do what they have to do to deny him the presidency of Mexico! As far as AMLO is concerned he is an apt shadow of Maduro of Venezuela, if he were elected beware, the international business community won’t wait around for him to nationalize industries they’ll close down and move somewhere else.
        Glenn, Your mentioning Lazaro Cardenas shows me that you are just one of those who don’t understand history! Cardenas was a thief who stole other people’s property without a real reason except by creating PEMEX he and his fellow politicians have been able to steal billions from Mexico and the Mexican people while telling the Mexican people they did it to protect the Mexican people. How many billions have been stolen by the politicians through PEMEX since Cardenas stole the oil properties. Give me a break this is what is called historical ignorance and blind faith in politicians. All politicians are legal criminals including AMLO, Anaya and Meade, but at least with the other two Mexicans will still be able to go to the supermarket and find food to buy and eat unlike what has happened in Venezuela under first Chavez now Maduro! Maduro and AMLO are the same you are asking for trouble, because you covet what other people have and you want to steal like Cardenas did! The good thing is that the political establishment will never allow AMLO in Los Pinos they will do whatever it takes to prevent him from, becoming president of Mexico. Look at what happened in 2006 Calderon won by less than one percent of the vote I’m sure there was plenty of manipulation to make sure AMLO lost and that might happen again and AMLO loses again! The establishment isn’t going to allow a communist to disrupt their corruption buffet!

        • AMLO is not a communist, but that would not lessen my opinion of him. Lazaro Cardenas expropriated the Petroleum Industry from foreigners and sold bonds that Mexican citizens purchased to pay for it. It took them years to pay it off and it was just. While PEMEX has been less than efficient, it has also been left most of the time without resources – attribute that mostly to the PRI, AMLO is not Chavez or Maduro if you think so, just ask anyone who lives in Mexico city and you will find the overwhelming majority support him. I have been studying Mexican history for more than 40 years and am a realist, but AMLO

          • From South of the Border

            By the way Glenn, Cardenas was a PRI president, so he participated in stealing from PEMEX! As, I am Jewish I salute Cardenas for helping my people that still doesn’t make it right to steal other people’s property even, if you paid them, probably less than fair market value! Stealing is still stealing!! I don’t have to ask people in Mexico City, envious people will back AMLO, because like you, they will learn their lesson to late after AMLO tanks the Mexican economy with jobs leaving Mexico! As far as AMLO having the guts to defend Mexican sovereignty, good every country should defend its as Trump is doing in the case of the U.S. As far as I’m concerned Mexico leaving NAFTA would be great then Trump won’t have to!
            Using Cardenases decision to be generous and help the Jewish refugees out is a poor argument for his stealing other peoples property a leader can make a great decision and then make 10 bad and unjustified decisions one doesn’t justify the other each decision stands on its own merits. To bad your arguments don’t stand up to logic!

  • Mike S

    Trump’s wall is a made up problem. There are about 6 million undocumented Mexican residents living in the US. Three million are “over stays” who came in legally. The 3 million “fence jumpers” has been declining for last 10 years.
    Most live in California and Texas where they work hard, are law abiding, and are well tolerated. Why is it suddenly a problem? Polls have shown the greatest support for Trump’s wall is in counties with the fewest Mexicans. What this tells me is that the wall is mostly demagoguery designed to cater to his base’s fears and bigotry.. He has convinced them that Mexicans were responsible for the GREAT BUSH DEPRESSION of 2008 and they are coming for their jobs- two complete falsehoods.

    • From South of the Border

      Mike S. Selling your usual bullcraps. The lowest figure I’ve seen or heard of about illegal immigration from Mexico is 10 million illegals I don’t know where you found your bogus 6 million figure, but as usual your kissing the backside of the illegals and making excuses for them! Don’t worry the wall will be built and the illegals will be forced to leave one way or another mostly by denying them welfare and jobs!

      • Mike S

        Dear delusional,

        There are about 10.5 million illegals residing in the US. Six million are from Mexico and 3 million of those are “over stays”. 3 million are fence jumpers and that number has been diminishing the last 9 years.

        • From South of the Border

          Dear, Smug, Two can play the game of name calling. When you are losing the argument or you have no argument you start name calling. Give me your best shot, because I’ve already won the exchange, before we began, because you have no argument to make!! Good Luck, NOT!!

          • Mike S

            You’re a legend in your own mind. Congratulations