Mexico's Ernesto Cordero eyes 2012 presidential run

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Posted: May 26, 2011 4:18 PM

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexican Finance Minister Ernesto Cordero said on Thursday he wants to run for president in 2012 but is not yet resigning from his post.

"Yes I have ambitions but at the moment I will comply with my responsibilities at the ministry," Cordero, a member of the conservative National Action Party (PAN) told a news conference.

Cordero said he was honored to be considered as a potential candidate after a group of 134 lawmakers and officials from the ruling PAN published an open letter backing him as the party's pick in the elections in July 2012.

"He is the best option ... because he is part of a new generation," the letter said, according to daily El Universal.

Cordero, 43, is considered to be one of the cabinet members closest to the president. Cordero crafted President Felipe Calderon's policy platform for his presidential campaign and has been a long-standing policy brain for the PAN.

After earning a master's degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania in 1998, Cordero ran a conservative think tank that advises lawmakers for the PAN.

(Reporting by Miguel Angel Gutierrez, Editing by Sandra Maler)