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Peña Nieto gets audience with Catón

If you ever wondered why MexicoPerspective cites Catón so often, the answer may have come Saturday, when Enrique Peña Nieto met with the Saltillo columnist at the Institutional Revolutionary Party candidate's request. Catón often jokes about having four readers, but the number is likely closer to 4 million, if not more, and appears to include Peña Nieto (not known for his reading prowess). Catón, also known as Armando Fuentes Aguirre, writes a column called "Politics, and Worse Things," that often focuses on the sexual but that also often gets to the heart of the matter of what is going on in the Mexican political system. While a student in the U.S., he once had a joke used by the comedian Bob Hope and also scored a scoop while accompanying California Gov. Ronald Reagan.

On Saturday, Catón told Peña Nieto that he thought the country's most urgent need was to deal with its poverty, and told the PRI candidate that if he won, he would govern from the left.
Catón and his family also operate a cultural radio station, Radio Concierto, and Catón told Peña Nieto that if he won the presidency, at the end of his term he would offer him an announcing job at the station. Catón said he was impressed at how Peña Nieto's voice has remained firm and clear throughout the campaign.

Catón said he would gladly meet with the other three candidates. He said he had invited Democratic Revolution Party candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador to the radio station. He said he owed an apology to Gabriel Quadri, whom he had called half a candidate; Catón said Quadri's performance in the May 6 debate showed he is a full candidate, while noting that the New Alliance Party founded by teachers union leader Elba Esther Gordillo is another matter. Catón said National Action Party candidate Josefina Vázquez Mota has been to his house several times. Catón's column (PDF).
Catón on the debate. Catón in the humor section.