ManattJones CEO Speaks to Bloomberg on Pena Nieto’s Success
“Pena Nieto Prosperity Vow Means Mastering The PRI”Bloomberg
July 2, 2012 – ManattJones Global Strategies Chairman and CEO James R. Jones spoke to Bloomberg about the success of Mexico’s presidential hopeful Enrique Pena Nieto, a member of the country’s Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).
Bloomberg reports that Pena Nieto beat his presidential rivals by at least six percentage points, according to preliminary election results. As Mexico’s president, Pena Nieto will be expected to deliver on promises he made to reduce drug violence, boost wages and break a state monopoly on oil.
Pena Nieto’s well-picked advisors, such as his campaign manager Luis Videgaray, have been behind much of his success, said Jones, who is a former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
“I would put Pena Nieto in a similar category as Ronald Reagan,” he said, referring to the actor-turned-president’s early portrayal by Democrats as a shallow lightweight. “Reagan was not analytically smart, but he had good political instincts. He chose people around him who knew how to run a government.”
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