Mexico's Vote and the U.S.

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photoFor seventy years, democracy in Mexico was a one-party joke. In 2000, Vicente Fox challenged that party, won, and launched a new era. Now, in 2006, Mexico's had a new presidential election, a razor-thin claim of victory, and is a deeply-divided country on the southern US border.

No one got a majority. Tally sheets give free-marketeer Felipe Calderon a tiny edge. Anti-poverty crusader Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says he was robbed.

Thousands filled the Mexican capitol's main square over the weekend to protest. No president-elect has been declared. What should the United States hope for here?

Hear about Mexico's contested election, and what the outcome means for the USA.


Dudley Althaus, Bureau Chief for the Los Angeles Times

Pamela Starr, Latin-America, Mexico Analyst at Eurasia Group

Manuel Suarez-Mier, Professor of Economics and Finance at American University

Ilan Stavans, author of "The Hispanic Condition."

This program aired on July 10, 2006.


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