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Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

Ebrard says that if he had been the left's candidate instead of López Obrador, he would have won the presidency

marcelo ebrardMexico City Mayor Marcelo Ebrard said Saturday that he thought that if he had been the candidate of the left instead of Andrés Manuel López Obrador, he would have won the presidency.

Ebrard essentially ceded the nomination to López Obrador last fall.

Ebrard will deliver his final state-of-the-city address on Monday; he cited as part of his reasoning as to how well he would have done in the presidential election the overwhelming victory of Miguel Mancera as the left coalition's candidate to succeed him as mayor of the nation's capital.

His remarks were seen as a warning to López Obrador not to run for president for a third time in 2018.

However, political analyst Jeff Weldon of the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico recently said that Ebrard's pro-abortion and same-sex stances, while popular in the capital, could make him unelectable nationally. Weldon made the comments in a recent talk to the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego.
Story in El Mexicano (PDF). Jump.

Update, Sept. 20: Columnist Leo Zuckermann writes that Ebrard would have been better off trying to run this year, saying Ebrard won't have the Mexico City mayor's post as a launching pad in 2018. Zuckermann says Ebrard may lack the three C's highly successful politicians have: Cerebro, corazón and cojones (Brains, heart and balls). Zuckermann apologized for the use of what he called a macho term, but said it served a larger point. His column (PDF).