Monday, June 18, 2018
The Third and Final Mexican Presidential Debate
By Allan Wall
The Mexican presidential
election, scheduled for July 1st, is getting close, with AMLO still leading in the polls. Congressional
elections are scheduled for the same day.
The third and final Mexican presidential debate was held on June 12th, 2018,
Museo del Mundo Maya (Museum of the Maya World) in Merida, Yucatan.
(For information on the first and second debates,
click here and here.)
If you’d like to watch a video of the debate, click here.
The third debate was held in a round table format, with three moderators and
the four candidates seated around the table. It lasted two hours. I thought it was well
Interestingly, this was the first of the three debates in which Donald Trump was never mentioned.
AMLO of course, mentioned “the mafia of power,” which refers to the PRI and PAN and anybody he is against.
Anaya actually pulled out his cell phone and was reminded by a moderator that the candidates weren’t supposed
to use them, however Anaya wasn’t talking but using it to discuss how 30% of Mexicans don’t have one, and that
they are very useful.
The four candidates at the debate and in the election, listed in order of their positions in the polls,
ANDRES MANUEL LOPEZ OBRADOR (AMLO) is the candidate of the party he himself
founded, MORENA (Movimiento Regeneración Nacional) in coalition with Partido del Trabajo, the Labor Party (PT) and
PES (Partido Encuentro Social). The official name of the coalition is Juntos Haremos Historia (Together
We Will Make History).
RICARDO ANAYA CORTES of the PAN (Partido Acción Nacional), in coalition
with the leftist PRD (Partido de la Revolución Democrática) and the smaller Movimiento Ciudadano (Citizen Movement).
This coalition is called Por México al Frente (For Mexico to the Front).
III. JOSE ANTONIO
MEADE KURIBREÑA of the PRI (Partido Revolucionario Institucional), the party of current President Enrique Peña
Nieto. The PRI is in coalition with two smaller parties: The Green Party (Partido Verde Ecologista de México)
and the Partido Nueva Alianza, the PNA or PANAL. The official name of Meade’s coalition is Todos
por México (Everybody for Mexico).
JAIME HELIODORO RODRIGUEZ CALDERON, better known as “El Bronco.”
Although formerly of the PRI, Bronco is now an independent.
Excelsior ran a piece, a compendium entitled Estas son las mejores frases del tercer debate presidencial, which translates to “These are the Best Phrases of the Third Presidential Debate.”
Here are some of the quotes:
● “Corruption is the biggest cancer that is destroying the country.”
● [To Anaya] “I’m not
corrupt like you.”
● “Equal work, equal pay. Women are going to count on me.”
● “I’m the only candidate that has committed to lowering the price of gasoline.”
“I have been a teacher and of course I am on the side of the teachers. What I don’t agree with
is the way in which the Educative Reform has been implemented.”
● “It’s not about voting for
what divides us but voting for what unites us as Mexicans.”
● “I guarantee you that Mexico is going
● “Children are the axes of education.”
● “The topic of climate
change has to do with how we see our future and how we want our country to be.”
● “One problem that
can be resolved with technology is corruption.”
● “I will lift up the country, taking it from all
the lazy ones of the government, including AMLO, Meade and Anaya.”
● “Yes, single mothers and the
handicapped must be supported, but not everybody. There are many lazy people.”
and Mothers have to stop pandering to the children. We have to change our attitude as parents of the family.”
● “I am addicted to technology.”
Excelsior also put together a compendium entitled Mejores propuestas del tercer y último
debate presidencial (The Best Proposals of the Third and Final Presidential Debate), but that of course depends
on what you think are good proposals. Check it out by clicking the hyperlink above if you’re curious.
Click here for an interesting New York Times article about candidate Ricardo Anaya.
BLOOMBERG POLL TRACKER:
As of the June 15th edition, the Bloomberg Poll Tracker had the candidates poll percentages as AMLO 50.8%, Anaya 24.8%, Meade 21.6%, and Bronco
Allan Wall, an educator, resided in Mexico for many years. His website is located