Mexican Elections: Populist vs. Pragmatist

Two candidates have emerged as leading contenders to replace Mexican president Vicente Fox, who is barred from running for a second term because of constitutional limits. Felipe Calderon of the National Action Party (PAN), and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador of the Democratic Revolutionary Party (PRD), are focusing on domestic agendas as they try to capture the hearts, minds and votes of Mexicans. Calderon portrays himself as a pragmatic candidate who plans to continue the economic policies of Fox in an effort to create jobs and improve life for Mexicans. Obrador is campaigning as the "candidate of the poor" -- one who wants to implement social and economic changes benefiting a vast majority of the population.

Mexican voters talk about their responses to the candidates.

Mexican presidential debate video excerpts courtesy of Mexico's Instituto Federal Electoral.


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