Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Who else "ran to the center"?

Not just Bob Casey:

Sandinista Head Daniel Ortega Wins Nicaragua Presidential Election

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Sandinista leader Daniel Ortega, a former Marxist revolutionary who fought a U.S.-backed insurgency in the 1980s, has won Nicaragua's presidential election, according to results released Tuesday.

. . . Ortega, who served as president from 1985-90, toned down his once-fiery rhetoric during the campaign, promising to support a regional free trade agreement with the U.S. and maintain good relations with Washington.

He says he has changed profoundly since he befriended Soviet leaders, expropriated land and fought Contra rebels in a war that left 30,000 dead and the economy in shambles.

He ran as "the New Ortega"? Wow, hadn't heard that angle, wonder why?

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