Who are Mexico’s presidential candidates?

In anticipation of Mexico’s July 1 presidential election, here’s a glimpse of the country’s three presidential candidates:


Enrique Pena Nieto is the presidential candidate for the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI). (Marco Ugarte/AP)

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador is the presidential candidate for the Democratic Revolution Party (PRD). (Marco Ugarte/AP)

Josefina Vazquez Mota is the presidential candidate for the ruling party, National Action Party (PAN). (Marco Ugarte/AP)

Josefina Vazquez Mota , 51, represents the ruling party of Calderon, the National Action Party, and that is part of her challenge. Voters seem tired of Calderon and the PAN. Vazquez Mota served as secretary of education under Calderon and while she is credited with some minor success, she ultimately failed to transform Mexico’s poorly performing public education system, which is run by the teachers’ union and its powerful boss. Vazquez Mota’s campaign advertisements describe her — the first women contending for the top spot — as “different.” But most of her proposals would continue to follow Calderon’s lead.

Check out our gallery of Mexico’s campaign trail below:


View Photo Gallery: The presidential candidates on the campaign trail.

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William Booth is The Post’s Jerusalem bureau chief. He was previously bureau chief in Mexico, Los Angeles and Miami.

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