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Mexico Hopes Obama Victory Helps U.S. Relations


In Mexico, the U.S. election returns were overshadowed by a plane crash in downtown Mexico City that killed the nation's interior minister. NPR's Jason Beaubien reports.

JASON BEAUBIEN: Across Mexico City last night, in bars and restaurants, televisions were glowing with red and blue maps of the United States as people tracked the elections results. The contest between Barack Obama and John McCain has been followed extremely closely here, with opinion polls showing the vast majority of Mexicans supporting Obama.


BEAUBIEN: And the crowd in this bar would erupt in cheers every time another state flashed blue into the Obama column. Then the broadcasts were interrupted by a somber message from President Felipe Calderon.

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BEAUBIEN: Immediately, there was speculation in the local media here that Morino's plane had been brought down by organized crime, which has killed more than 4,000 people here this year alone. Officials here say Morino's plane crash appears to be an accident. Mexicans celebrating Obama's victory expressed hope that Mexico's relationship with the U.S. will change under a new administration. Talia Talano(ph) was at a party hosted by the U.S. embassy.

MONTAGNE: I mean, I really hope it will be better for us with Obama, especially for the immigrant people, and so on, and that there won't be so much war in the world.

BEAUBIEN: Jason Beaubien, NPR News, Mexico City. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

Jason Beaubien
Jason Beaubien is a Peabody award-winning journalist. He's filed stories from more than 60 countries around the world. His reporting tends to focus on issues in lower-income countries. Often his reports highlight inequities, injustices and abuses of power. He also regularly writes about natural disasters, wars and human conflict. Over the last two decades he's covered hurricanes in the Caribbean, typhoons in the Philippines, multiple earthquakes in Haiti, the Arab Spring, the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the drug war in Mexico.