A hundred bands blared. The yells of 70,000 partisans volleyed and thundered across Mexico City's Olympic stadium. When the tumult died down, a small man spoke into the mike. "Accepting the candidacy of the Party of Revolutionary Institutions (PRI), I understand fully the grave responsibility of this nomination," said Adolfo Ruiz Cortínez.
Mexicans understood too. Interior Minister Ruiz Cortínez had been nominated by the official party convention as the government's candidate to succeed President Miguel Alemán. In present-day Mexico, that assures election. Barring death or accident, Adolfo Ruiz Cortínez will be
Mexico's President for six years starting December 1952.
With the nomination of...