The New York Times, February 6, 2012

The historic choice of a woman as its presidential candidate may turn out to be a shrewd move for the party of Mexico’s incumbent president, political analysts said Monday, allowing it to capitalize on the growing power of women in politics and offering a fresh approach for a party that has been mired in a bloody drug war...

...Ms. Vázquez Mota’s political association with a man, Mr. Calderón, for whom she served as education secretary, and his increasingly unpopular drug war... could hurt her popularity. Analysts say the radical shift in her party’s face, if not its policies, could help it.

“She has a good outreach to people outside the party,”

said Andrew Selee, director of the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington.

“She is likely to be able to give her party a new lease on life in the election.”


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