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Questions for the candidates

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Questions for the candidates
osé Antonio Meade (left), Andrés Manuel López Obrador (center) & Ricardo Anaya (right) - File photos/EL UNIVERSAL
16/04/2018
09:42
Mexico City
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Questions for the candidates

A group of academics, politicians, and businesspeople handed out a series of questions to the presidential candidates regarding of rule of law, economy, and social development.This group claims Mexican citizens expect a government with moral authority and the capacity to deal with the problems of the country, but it's necessary that candidates disclose in detail their plans and goals before election day. The initiative is being supported by four important news outlets – Milenio, MVS, El Informador & EL UNIVERSAL – who have put at their disposal their platforms to spread the answers provided by the candidates and thus, allow citizens to be informed. All candidates have been invited and Mexico is eager to hear their answers.

The Green Party has no 'likes' for Meade

For the center-right Green Party (PVEM) the presidential campaign, in the month of April, doesn't exist. That's how any voter would interpret it if they were to consult the social networks of the political party since – except for the mentions at the kick-off of the campaign – the social networks of the PVEM (Twitter and Facebook) haven't had a single new post in the last two weeks promoting the candidate José Antonio Meade. Even the birthday anniversaries of deputies Lía Limón y Soraya Flores were more worthy of being mentioned than any activity or proposal of the candidate of the “All For Mexico” coalition. Could it be that the party, led by Senator Carlos Puente, already feels it's won the election?

Anaya wants to shift the gears of his campaign

We're told that the presidential candidate of the coalition “For Mexico to the Front”, Ricardo Anaya, is planning to change his campaign strategy after the first debate in order to fare better at the polls. While the coordination strategy led by Jorge Castañeda and the politics of Santiago Creel have placed the member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) in the second place, they are still concerned about being eight to ten points below López Obrador. It seems that whenever Anaya goes up two or three points, so does López Obrador – and something has to be done about that.

López Obrador to visit the “Tech”

Once the presidential debate is over, our sources say that Andrés Manuel López Obrador will schedule a meeting with the community of the Monterrey Institute of Technology – the “Tech” – in Nuevo León. We're told that in this event, the students will be able to pose questions to the candidate. Later on, Mr. Andrés will travel to Tabasco and Chiapas, where he is organizing massive rallies. Isn't he afraid of repeating the experience Peña Nieto had at the Ibero? Because the “Tech” is what some members of the left National Regeneration Party (MORENA) would consider a “snob" territory (something similar to the ITAM).

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