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Costa Rica elects first woman president (paves way for Palin)
CNN ^ | Feb. 8, 2010 | Roberto Pazos

Posted on 02/10/2010 7:23:05 PM PST by BIOCHEMKY

CNN) -- Costa Rica elected its first female president, as the ruling National Liberation Party claimed a historic victory.

"I want to thank the pioneering women who years ago opened the doors of politics in Costa Rica," Laura Chinchilla said Sunday to flag-waving supporters in the capital, San Jose. "My government will be open to all Costa Ricans of good faith."

Second-place candidate Otton Solis of the Citizen's Action Party had conceded defeat earlier in the evening, as the PLN -- the Spanish acronym for the National Liberation Party party -- forged its way to a nearly 2-to-1 lead.

Polls showed Chinchilla garnering 46.8 percent of the vote, with 84 percent of election sites reporting. Solis had 25.1 percent, while Otto Guevara of the Libertarian Movement had 20.9 percent.

Election day was festive throughout the nation, with video footage showing supporters of the main presidential candidates dressed in their respective campaign colors.

International observers interviewed on CNN affiliate Teletica compared the election scene to a festival.

The festivities included election sites where children could vote in a mock presidential vote. The educational outreach let the children pick their candidate on a digital ballot not unlike the ones the rest of the electorate cast their votes with.

Some 2.8 million Costa Ricans are eligible to vote.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: chinchilla; costarica; election; latinas; president; womanpresident
"The ruling National Liberation Party presidential candidate, Laura Chinchilla, celebrates after winning the general elections in San Jose, Costa Rica, late Sunday."

I say this victory helps pave the way for a Palin victory in the 50 states in 2012 and if Palin were smart she would have Chinchilla tour with her on the campaign trail, especially in CA, AZ, NM, TX, and Florida.

1 posted on 02/10/2010 7:23:06 PM PST by BIOCHEMKY
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To: BIOCHEMKY

They elected a fur coat to be President?


2 posted on 02/10/2010 7:24:20 PM PST by Oldexpat
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To: BIOCHEMKY

Not only is she a woman, but she also speaks Spanish.


3 posted on 02/10/2010 7:24:36 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: BIOCHEMKY
Paves way for Palin? I think Margaret Thatcher did that about 30 years ago.The Iron Lady....
4 posted on 02/10/2010 7:25:04 PM PST by Gay State Conservative (Host The Beer Summit-->Win The Nobel Peace Prize!)
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To: Oldexpat

silly, lol.


5 posted on 02/10/2010 7:25:19 PM PST by GoCards ("We eat therefore we hunt...")
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To: BIOCHEMKY
I say this victory helps pave the way for a Palin victory in the 50 states in 2012

Yeah... Costa Rican election results having long been a fool-proof predictor of American results... sheesh.

If you want to pick a way-paver, wouldn't a serious heavyweight like Maggie Thatcher be more appropriate?

6 posted on 02/10/2010 7:25:32 PM PST by r9etb
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To: BIOCHEMKY

The NLP is the far-left party of Costa Rica.


7 posted on 02/10/2010 7:25:48 PM PST by Onerom99 (I)
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To: BIOCHEMKY

Palin can’t show up in public with a Chinchilla. Those PETA whackos will throw paint all over it.


8 posted on 02/10/2010 7:27:06 PM PST by Question Liberal Authority ("My...health care plan is a Bolshevik plot... which will destroy America." - Barack Obama)
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To: Oldexpat
They elected a fur coat to be President?

Or perhaps she stole the election:)

9 posted on 02/10/2010 7:34:19 PM PST by Ken H (Debt free is the way to be)
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To: BIOCHEMKY

I doubt that Sarah needs your Latin American Socialist buddy to campaign for her in 2012.

What next, do want her to campaign with Hugo Chavez?


10 posted on 02/10/2010 7:37:06 PM PST by trumandogz (The Democrats are driving us to Socialism at 100 MPH -The GOP is driving us to Socialism at 97.5 MPH)
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To: BIOCHEMKY

Yes, because there has never been a female head of state before, anywhere, ever.

Pity Sarah couldn’t be the first to break through this glass ceiling.


11 posted on 02/10/2010 7:37:57 PM PST by Dan Middleton
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To: Dan Middleton

There have been a goodly number of queens through the ages, haven’t there?


12 posted on 02/10/2010 7:43:08 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: BIOCHEMKY

HUH???

The PLN is a far left party, an official member of the Socialist International (that’s not just an expression, they are formally and explicitly a party within the Socialist International).

Why would Sarah want anything to do with them, and why would they have anything to do with Sarah?

It will not and should not ever happen.


13 posted on 02/10/2010 7:52:29 PM PST by Enchante (If Obama referred to the "Press Corpse" the MSM might care about his IGNORANCE)
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To: BIOCHEMKY

Judging by the comments on this thread, you made a real oopsie by posting this thread (and for gushing over a left-wing election victor).

Serious bummer, dude. Better luck next time.


14 posted on 02/10/2010 8:08:14 PM PST by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
Paves way for Palin? I think Margaret Thatcher did that about 30 years ago.The Iron Lady....

Even though their politics and economic views would be different, i'm surprised that you forgot about Golda Mier. She was a tough old grandmother.

15 posted on 02/10/2010 8:12:06 PM PST by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: BIOCHEMKY

i hope she does well


16 posted on 02/10/2010 8:17:38 PM PST by dalebert
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To: Enchante; trumandogz; Onerom99; BIOCHEMKY

Her party may be Leftist, but Chinchilla is (i) fiercely anti-abortion, (ii) fiercely anti-same-sex-marriage, (iii) tough on crime, (iv) pro-free-trade, and (v) in favor of keeping the Catholic Church as the established churchnof Costa Rica. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Chinchilla
She sonds like she has a lot more in common with Palin than with Obama.


17 posted on 02/10/2010 8:17:55 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: BIOCHEMKY; All

Hmmmm ..?? I don’t think Sarah Palin needs ANYBODY to pave anything for her .. she’s capable of paving her own way.

And .. There are women who head Argentina and Germany; so Sarah is already in good company.


18 posted on 02/10/2010 8:46:18 PM PST by CyberAnt (Healthcare is not a RIGHT guaranteed by the Constitution)
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To: BIOCHEMKY
Israel (Golda meir), India (Indira Gandhi) and UK (Margaret Thatcher) have every one beat from as far back as 50 years.
19 posted on 02/10/2010 9:02:54 PM PST by ajay_kumar (Need more Republicans of all stripes in congress to stop Obama's socialist agenda)
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To: ajay_kumar

And Bhutto.

She wouldn’t even be the first one in the Americas - Bachelet and Kirchner come to mind, there are probably others escaping me right now.


20 posted on 02/10/2010 9:09:09 PM PST by posterchild (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable rights.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
There have been a goodly number of queens through the ages, haven’t there? I take it detecting sarcasm is not your strong point.
21 posted on 02/10/2010 10:11:41 PM PST by Dan Middleton
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To: AuH2ORepublican

sure, it’s good when a political figure has those positions, but that does not mean she’s not a socialist on economic and foreign policy issues — yes, she’s a rarity among leftists for retaining some traditional values but it does not mean that Sarah Palin should campaign with her or that either would want to compaign with the other.... if they can find some common ground on the issues you mention, that’s great, but it’s hard (for me) to imagine they’ll ever want to work together in the way(s) this thread initially recommended.


22 posted on 02/11/2010 4:39:17 PM PST by Enchante (If Obama referred to the "Press Corpse" the MSM might care about his IGNORANCE)
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To: Enchante

I never took seriously the theory that Chinchilla could campaign for Palin (why the heck would she ecen if she saw eye-to-eye with Sarah on everything?); I merely wanted to point out that even if her party is Leftist she could well be more conservative than some Republicans.


23 posted on 02/11/2010 5:36:39 PM PST by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll protect your rights?)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

well that’s true

in many circumstances she would be preferable to RINOs, although I still would not trust her economic or foreign policies

but you make a good point


24 posted on 02/11/2010 5:42:38 PM PST by Enchante (If Obama referred to the "Press Corpse" the MSM might care about his IGNORANCE)
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