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>> Andrés Manuel López Obrador is the current front runner in the race to be Mexico's next leader. The leftist former mayor of Mexico City cast himself in the mold of other Latin American populists, such as Venezuela's Hugo Chávez. And he stressed economic development as the cure for Mexico's ills.
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>> If lowering the salaries of those on the top ans raising the salaries of those on the bottom is being populist, then put me on that list.>> Known by his initials, AMLO, he is also the subject of great speculation surrounding one major question. What sort of relationship will he have with US President Donald Trump?
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Reuters correspondent Dave Graham is in Mexico City.>> If the man known as AMLO is elected, then it would mean that for the first time in quite awhile, you have fairly explicit nationalist leaning politicians in both Mexico and the White House at the same time. That could either be something that, as far as Mexican allies see, Trump responds well to.
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Or it could lead to more of a clash between the two because, at the end of the day, neither man is known for backing down or anything. If they don't get along and can't reach a deal, then that could set the scene for some fairly interesting political fireworks.
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>> They do nothing to help us, nothing. They're gonna pay for the wall and they're gonna enjoy it, okay?>> Mexico has long been a punching for Trump as a candidate and as president. He's called Mexicans crossing the border rapists, blamed Mexico for the loss of US jobs, and promised to build a wall along America's southern border.
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But Lopez Obrador has a sales pitch ready for Trump.>> Essentially, what Lopez Obrador wants to do is persuade Trump that it's in his interest to cut migration by helping Mexico in its own efforts to improve living status by getting better wages, better jobs and having more economic activity in the country.
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>> AMLO says Mexico must do more to solve more of its own problems, a view the US president shares. AMLO's opponents have often compared him negatively to the US president. They say he can be thin skinned, belittling toward his rivals, and pugilistic with the press. A former Mexican Ambassador to Washington told Reuters he didn't think a deal between the two men was likely, given the low chance Trump would abandon his campaign promise to build a border wall.
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The US State Department said America looks forward to working with whoever wins Mexico's July 1st presidential race.