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John McCain High-Fives Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico's President-Elect

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U.S. Senator John McCain sent his congratulations via Twitter to Mexico's president-elect, soap-opera-actress lover  Enrique Pena Nieto on a historic win bringing back to power the PRI, a once authoritarian political party, from a 12-year hiatus.

According to preliminary results announced by Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute, or IFE as it is simply known in Spanish, Pena Nieto won about 38 percent of the vote in last night's Mexican presidential elections.

"Congrats to ‪#Mexico‬'s new President-elect. Will be interesting to see how he approaches drug trafficking & other issues of mutual concern," McCain tweeted today at 2:49 p.m. 

Though he congratulated Pena Nieto on his victory, some suspect that the candidate was not McCain's favorite when it came to dealing with Mexico's drug war.

During a U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in February, the Arizona senator brought up his doubts about an unnamed Mexican presidential candidate not being fully committed to fighting the drug cartels as aggressively as Mexico's current President Felipe Calderon. 

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told McCain on February 16 that no matter who would replace Calderon, the new president would continue the war on drug traffickers, a war that has so far resulted in the loss of an estimated 50,000 to 60,000 lives.

"Well, I suggest you look a little more carefully because I think that may not be the case, at least with one of the candidates," McCain shot back.

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Uriel J. Garcia
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