Who is Mexico's President? Don't ask Democratic candidates Klobuchar, Steyer

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Feb 15, 2020, 03:47 PM IST

Tom Steyer and Amy Klobuchar (File image) Photograph:(Reuters)

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Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will definitely not happy to know that some US presidential candidates don't know his name! 

The Democratic race for nominations has intensified and even a small mistake by the contenders can ruin their 2020 chances. And Democratic presidential candidates Amy Klobuchar and Tom Steyer, who are already behind the frontrunners, have erred on a general knowledge question which is grabbing eyeballs. 

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will definitely not happy to know that Klobuchar and Steyer don't know his name. 

Steyer and Klobuchar, in a televised interview in Nevada, could not name the president of US's neighbour Mexico. 

When asked about Mexico president's name, billionaire Steyer said: "I forgot".

"No," admitted Klobuchar on the same question. 


Pete Buttigieg, who is currently the frontrunner in the Democratic nomination race was able to answer, avoiding a major embarrassment. 

"Lopez Obrador... I hope," he responded, hesitatingly.

The netizens, however, gave mixed reactions to the gaffe, with some taking a dig, while others showing sympathy.


The interviews were conducted in an election forum which was hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens, the nation’s largest Latino civil rights group. Buttigieg, Klobuchar, and Steyer were the only contenders who attended the event. 

The forum focussed on the issues concerning the 32 million Latino voters in the state, many of whom have Mexican roots. 

After Iowa and New Hampshire, Democrat candidates will now try their luck in Nevada caucus on February 22. 

Sanders and Buttigieg are in a neck-and-neck race, with the latter narrowly winning the most delegates so far. On the other hand, Elizabeth Warren and Joe Biden, who were the frontrunners before the primaries and caucuses began, are lagging behind.