A New President Goes South of the Border

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On a trip to Chile, Vice President Biden met with the leaders of several Latin American countries. But on his way to the Summit of the Americas, President Barack Obama will visit just one. Today the President defended his tax policies. Tomorrow, he'll head for Mexico before continuing on to the Caribbean for the summit. After six years of growth, Latin America is hard hit by the recession, and leaders are looking for help from a new US president who's popular in their countries. Will Obama seize the chance to re-engage?  Will he be upstaged by Venezuela's Hugo Chavez? What about Cuba? In addition to supporting President Calderon's war on drugs, will Obama push for reforms in Mexico's justice system?

Credits

Guests:
Andres Rozental - veteran career diplomat in Mexico, John Ackerman - National Autonomous University of Mexico - @JohnMAckerman, Julia Sweig - University of Texas-Austin - @JuliaSweig, Paulo Sotero - Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - @brazilportal, Claudio Loser - former Director of the Western Hemisphere Department, International Monetary Fund

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Sonya Geis, Frances Anderton