Leftist candidate the front-runner in Mexico’s presidential election


voters in Mexico are gearing up for a major presidential election this Sunday Andres Manuel Lopez obrador also known as amlo is considered the front-runner he’s expected to be Mexico’s first leftist president since the 1930s has over door has campaigned on anti-corruption and Prides himself as a friend of The Working Man but he’ll face a series of challenges including president Trump trade the Border crisis and deadly violence in Mexico so for more on this I want to bring his Macy’s contributor Willis Sparks he right for Signal a newsletter produced by G 0 media all right will let’s let’s talk about amlo I guess everyone just call them give me a sense of just how significant the selection is it is a big deal because you said in the intro he is the first quote unquote left as president since the 1930s in a country where the left hasn’t done well for decades and so people think will what does it mean that he’s left us you know his opponents who tried to cast him as it will Chagas like radical idealogue he’s going to turn Mexico and Venezuela and This Disaster it’s not really who Lopez it’s been around a long time he was mayor of Mexico City for 5 years between 2000-2005 and by all accounts he did a very good job be left with a very high approval rating he work with political opponents he made DLC improve the infrastructure that was badly needed in Mexico City so when we say leftist he’s not Fidel Castro he’s not over chavezz he’s a guy who makes deals but he’s also a guy who is going to speak on behalf of some people in Mexico who are not used to having someone speak for them in particular people in the rural south of Mexico who tend to be under represented in Mexican politics investing in that southern region to try to help with you know what would poverty in in that part of the country so you know it’s not a lot of suspense one round election unlike some other countries and politicians have been murdered during this campaign closed during the campaign homicide rates in Mexico are at record levels there’s a lot of reasons for that that have to do with drug gangs the flow of guns coming in the border from from the United States night the police are outgunned drug gangs are becoming more powerful violence is actually spreading the parts of the country that had been immune to that level of violence before so actually crime is one of the most important issues that are most going to have to deal with in particular violent crime and Gang Related crimes in my head I heard the President’s Day they’re bringing drugs they’re bringing guns across the border what’s the prediction in terms of how these two men will get along guy and he understands that if you’re going to be president of Mexico you have to want some level get along with the president of the United States. Giant neighbor to the north is really important to Mexico’s economy to to life you know all the Border questions obviously putting the suggest that behind-the-scenes the damn law has been reaching out to Trump advisors trying to get a relationship going that’s at least stable if not a warm relationship however actually wrote a book right after Trump won the election that is basically called Trump in Spanish which basically means hate Trump listen off and he was pretty heavily critical of trump in that book I don’t think that amla wants to get the war of words with Trump when he is going to criticize things like he’s criticized the immigration policy in particular that the separation of families issue Trump’s going to hear something that he doesn’t like Trump is going to win salt Lopez obrador the man that Lopez obrador is going to replace You Enrique Pena Nieto who’s been pressed into this point develop a reputation in Mexico for trying to appease Donald Trump have a good relationship with Washington but you don’t to be accused of leading president Trump walk all over you either so there is the potential for a war of words that periodically really messes up us Mexican relations
Voters in Mexico are gearing up for a major presidential election. Leftist front-runner Andrés Manuel López Obrador, also known as ALMA, seems poised for a sweeping victory. However, he’ll face a series of challenges ahead including President Trump, trade, the border crisis and a spike in deadly violence across Mexico. CBSN contributor and Signal newsletter writer for GZERO Media, Willis Sparks, has more.

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