Apr 12, 2012

Mexico has its own flip-flopping candidate: Enrique Pena Nieto (Opinion)

San Jose Mercury News: "How do you say ''flip-flopper" in Spanish? South of the border, the answer seems to be: "Enrique Peña Nieto."

The front-runner in Mexico's July presidential election was against using the military to combat drug cartels before he was in favor of it. Or so it would seem from recent comments by Peña Nieto, who represents the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) and who spent the past several months criticizing the drug war strategy pursued by President Felipe Calderon of the rival National Action Party.

It was all part of an attempt to exploit the angst that many Mexicans feel about a conflict that has now claimed the lives of more than 50,000 people. Polls by Mexican newspapers show that the drug war -- which Calderon launched in December 2006 -- is still unpopular with the Mexican people, even though many also concede its importance." read more

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