Launchpad For The Mexican Presidency?

As Mexico City's mayor, Cardenas will face a huge task

Over breakfast at an exclusive country club in southern Mexico City, 115 businesspeople listened intently as leftist politician Cuauhtemoc Cardenas Solorzano described how he would run their city. On July 6, polls say, he will win the election for mayor of Mexico City, the world's fourth largest. What his audience expected was strident rich-vs.-poor rhetoric and tax-and-spend proposals. What they heard, instead, was Cardenas' prescriptions for promoting mass transit to unsnarl traffic and encouraging electric cars and clean industry to improve the air.

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