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Josefina Vazquez Mota, Mexican Presidential Candidate, Mistakenly Vows To Strengthen Money Laundering During Speech (VIDEO)

Posted: 04/ 3/2012 5:08 pm Updated: 04/ 3/2012 5:08 pm

Josefina Vazquez Mota Blunder

Everyone makes mistakes. But Mexican presidential candidate, Josefina Vazquez Mota, took the cake during her speech in Teziutlán, Puebla, when she mistakenly told her supporters she wanted to, "strengthen money laundering" (what she actually said in Spanish was "fortalecer el lavado de dinero").


If you pay attention, the man directly behind Mota quickly flinches and then another man whispers in his ear something we imagine was along the lines of, "Er, what did she just say?" or "We'll need to spin our way out of that one later." But, what do we know?.

Whatever the case, she kept trekking through the speech without skipping a beat. According to Publimetro, Mota meant to say that she wanted to "fight against money laundering."

Considering Mexico's reputation as a haven for, and victim of, the corrupting effects of laundered drug trafficking profits, the slip-up hits where it hurts most.

Mario Vargas Llosa, the politically conservative Spanish-Peruvian writer and Nobel prize laureate, has been publicly championing Vazquez Mota as the solution for Mexico's woes.

Vargas Llosa vouched for Mota in an interview with El Pais:

"So that the fight against violence, corruption, and drug trafficking -- what president [Felipe] Calderon has fought for with so much courage -- won't regress and can continue to go forward, Josefina Vazquez needs to become Mexico's next president."

Could this blunder cause Mota to lose the election? Probably not. She isn't the first presidential candidate to put her foot in her mouth.

Check out our slideshow of other politicians who have made some 'mistakes' of their own:

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  • Herman Cain

    On his recent campaign stop in Miami, Herman Cain took some time to try some Latino cuisine, and offend a few Latinos along the way. After biting into a croqueta at Miami's famed Versailles Cafe, Cain asks, "How do you say delicious in Cuban?" Cuban, as many know, is not a language. In Spanish, however, delicious is <em>delicioso.</em>

  • Barack Obama

    "I was born in an island and I understand that food, gas and everything else, is more expensive. Puerto Rico has the right for a better future. My plan offers new incentives to restore the 40,000 job which have been lost and invests in the education of Puerto Rican kids. This coming July, it would be an honor to count with your vote." Obama is really pushing for the Puerto Rican vote. He visited the island in June of 2011. The first president to visit Puerto since John F. Kennedy in 1961,<a href="" target="_hplink"> according to NYTimes. </a> Keep your eyes and ears open for the next spanish speech by Obama.

  • Jackie Kennedy

    "Dear Friends, this is the wife of John F. Kennedy, candidate in the U.S. presidential election... When world peace is threatened by communism, it's necessary to have a leader in The White House who is able to guide our destinies with a firm hand... Long Live Kennedy!" 1. No need for introduction. As if the entire world didn't know who Jackie Kennedy is. 2. It's nice to see she's friendly with latinos and 3. Given the Trade Embargo with Cuba has been firm since 1962, we're guessing that Miss Kennedy's spanish speech wasn't exactly detrimental to her husband's campaign.

  • El Bloombito

    Oh yes, that day Bloomberg so kindly "summarized for the spanish speaking audience" the city's plan to clean up after Irene and inspired one of the best twitter accounts of all times: @ElBloombito. The twitter account mocking Bloomberg's spanish has over 25,000 followers. The hilarious spanish-speaking alter ego was created by Rachel-Figuero Levin. "The Spanish is just so blatantly hilarious,"<a href="" target="_hplink"> she said to NBC New York.</a> "It's the diction. It's the pronunciation. It's the accent." To @ElBloombito account, Bloomberg responded from his personal Twitter account "It's hard to learn a new language at age 69", according to NBC New York. Follow <a href="!/ElBloombito" target="_hplink">@ElBloombito </a>here.

  • Hillary Clinton

    "Si Se PuedA!" Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, got her protest chant a little mixed up. "Si Se Puede!" ("Yes It Can Be Done") was the motivating slogan first popularized by Cesar Chavez back in the 1960's when referring to social change for immigrant workers.

  • Jeb Bush

    "This diverse community with energy with, uh, uh, great potential and possibility of advancing our country, is going to be the one that decides the elections. And if we fall behind because we dont do the effort and or we're being irrespecutful, or whatever, then, that's lack of common sense." So, essentially, you need the latino vote Jeb?

  • Craig Romney

    In Mitt Romney's ninth spanish-language television ad, his son Craig spoke to Latino audiences about his father's beliefs and origins. "I would like to tell you how my father, Mitt Romney, thinks," <a href="" target="_hplink">Craig Romney says in the ad, translated to English by the campaign.</a> "He values very much that we are a nation of immigrants. My grandfather George was born in Mexico. For our family the greatness of the United States is how we respect and help each other, regardless of where we come from."

  • Barack Obama

    Just a week after announcing his decision to halt deportation for some undocumented young people, President Obama <a href="" target="_hplink">spoke at the NALEO conference</a> and schmoozed away with the Latino audience. "Que placer estar aqui con tanto amigos!" ("what a pleasure being here with all these friends") said Obama at the beginning of his speech.


Filed by Cindy Y. Rodriguez  |