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Thursday, June 29, 2012

Campaigning comes to a close

Tijuana's El Mexicano, whose director is running for Senate, plasters paper with PRI coverage and does not even bother covering other parties' closing rallies

Political campaigning came to a close Wednesday in Mexico ahead of Sunday's presidential and congressional elections. The National Action Party's Josefina Vázquez Mota closed her campaign in Guadalajara, and suggested she would ask President Felipe Calderón to become the nation's attorney general if she were elected. Singer Alejandro Fernández accompanied the Institutional Revolutionary Party's Enrique Peña Nieto at his closing rally in Toluca. Peña Nieto said he would negotiate the reforms he has proposed with other parties, if elected. Populist candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador filled Mexico City's Zócalo for his closing rally.

In Tijuana, the PRI held various closing rallies in the city, including at the scissors monument between the Tijuana Cultural Center and the Zona Río shopping center. The leftist coalition held its on Avenida Revolución. The PAN held its at a new park in Camino Verde, a poor neighborhood the federal government has been pouring resources into. At a San Diego Association of Governments conference on "The Mechanics of Crossborder Collaboration" on Tuesday, Mexican urban development undersecretary Sara Topelson de Grinberg talked about the park and other projects in Camino Verde.

It must be nice to be the director of a newspaper when you are running for office: Senate candidate Eligio Valencia Roque's El Mexicano newspaper gave front-page coverage to PRI rallies and stories about Peña Nieto while not even writing about other parties' closing rallies. Perhaps all the reporters were too busy covering the PRI!

Vázquez Mota and Peña Nieto national stories, in Frontera (PDF). López Obrador rally (PDF).
Tijuana closing rally stories, Frontera (PDF).
El Mexicano's front page (PDF). Jump. Page 6.