'Nobody controls me': the woman senator seeking Mexico presidency

July 08, 2023

Lopez Obrador "has been very successful in creating (the image of) an elitist, racist, white, oligarchic opposition," said political analyst Paula Sofia Vazquez. Although she is now aligned with the conservative opposition, Galvez's record is one of a liberal and defender of abortion, LGBTQ rights, and even the president's social welfare programs. Lopez Obrador enjoys an average approval rating of 68 percent, largely thanks to his measures aimed at helping disadvantaged Mexicans. "Machos like you are afraid of an independent and intelligent woman," Galvez said in a video message directed at Lopez Obrador. That would mean an unprecedented all-woman battle between the two main political camps in a country beset by gender violence and a long-standing culture of machismo.