October 9th, 2007
03:45 PM ET
2 years ago

Ex-Mexico prez wants 'lady' in the White House

Watch portions of Larry King's interview with Vicente Fox Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - He wouldn't say which presidential candidate he supports by name, but former Mexico President Vicente Fox made clear Monday on CNN's Larry King Live who he hopes will be the next occupant of the White House.

"A lady would be my choice," the man who served as Mexico's president from 2000-2006 said, when asked if he had a favorite in the White House race.

Asked if he was referring to Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton, Fox repeated that he'd prefer a woman in the White House.

"There ain't no other lady running," King noted.

"I think that women show their vision, their capacities, their emotions, their passion, their compassion," Fox continued. "And to me governments and politicians need huge doses of that of religion, of spiritual values, of letting themselves be guided by God and not just polls."

Fox also said former President Bill Clinton is an "inspiration" and said Clinton, along with former President Jimmy Carter, have shown "that there is life after the presidency."

In the wide-ranging interview, Fox also commented on the controversial and at times blunt remarks about President Bush in his new book, "Revolution of Hope."

In the book, which hit stores last week, Fox calls the president "the cockiest guy I have ever met in my life," and is sharply critical of the Bush's Iraq policy and his immigration stance."

"Among friends, you have to be very frank," Fox said of his comments. "And I tried to express very candidly in this book my first impressions in meeting President Bush and other leaders and how the relationship developed."

Fox also said that he meant to praise the president when he called him cocky.

"To me, it's praise, because, you know, that's a key characteristic of a leader and a president," he said. "He must have self- confidence. But also he must be humble and listen to people and try to raise from people what will be his public policies."

But Fox wasn't entirely complimentary of his neighbor to the north, offering a sharp critique of Bush's 'cowboy' skills.

"When you have been riding horses since you were two years old, you can notice when somebody gets near in his hand, in the way he touches the horse, you immediately know that he's not a cowboy," Fox said of the president.

Fox also continued that he calls Bush a "windshield cowboy," because of "his invitation to spend two days [on the Crawford Ranch], and for the two days we would be talking in a very profound dialogue on him driving the truck and going along the ranch. He drives very well, but I don't think he rides horses very well."

The former Mexico president also touched on the hot button issue of illegal immigration, saying he was for an "orderly" and "legal" flow across the borders.

"Let's decide an immigration reform so that we can have an orderly flow of immigration so that only those that have a job here can stay cause they are hired by families, they are hired by small businesses, they hired for construction, they are hired to pick up apples in Washington, crops of vegetable in California," he said.

"I saw them building casinos in Las Vegas, Fox added."You need them here. This economy needs 400,000 new jobs a year coming from abroad because you don't have employees."

– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney


Filed under: Hillary Clinton • President Bush
soundoff (173 Responses)
  1. bj, houston, texas

    He just wants to sweet talk her so she can bring more mexicans over. I like Mexicans though, so its all good

    October 9, 2007 10:11 pm at 10:11 pm |
  2. Ed NC

    Heidi Fleiss, Castro, and now Fox. WOW

    October 9, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  3. Chris, Brooklyn, New York

    Fox did nothing for Mexico. If he had spent as much effort trying to help the Mexican economy as he and his government did trying to export their people to the US, Mexico would be a lot richer, healthier and happier.

    He should go back and try to do something of value for the Mexican people - maybe he can be a better ex-president than he was president, like Jimmy Carter.

    October 9, 2007 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  4. Matt, Chico, CA

    Is he here legally?

    October 9, 2007 11:48 pm at 11:48 pm |
  5. Shannon, White Plains, NY

    My biggest reason for supporting Hillary is to produce extreme anger, exasperation and irritation within conservatives who have caused these feelings within me for the last 8 years.

    October 9, 2007 11:53 pm at 11:53 pm |
  6. Michael, Houston TX

    Uh guys, read some history and learn a little economics before spouting off...

    First Fox is considered one of the better presidents of Mexico, second the illegals (not all but 99% plus) are here because of a demand from our farmers, constuction and small business. They can make a lot more here in a short time then they could back home, send a good portion of it back to build their dream house and support their families. When the labor demand dries up, guess what? The 99%+ will stay home...as there will be no demand and no benefit to them coming up... oh by the way you all ok with paying more for housing, food and other items if the governement did really crack down on businesses that illegally hire ilegals? I am ready to put my money where my mouth is, my bet is most of the folks haven't thought this through and do not understand the true consequences....

    October 9, 2007 11:58 pm at 11:58 pm |
  7. bobbysingleton, Philadelphia, PA

    Well, well! Hillary's got Fidel Castro and Vicente Fox in her corner. All she needs now is Osama Bin Laden, and it's a wrap.

    October 10, 2007 12:01 am at 12:01 am |
  8. Armand. Atlanta, GA.

    Its sick to read all of this comments from people who still think the world turn around the United States. Mr Fox was a guest at the show and he never endorsed Hillary Clinton, he was asked a question and gave his personal opinion. Mexico's economy is not on the hole as some of you said, as a matter of fact is the 11th economy of the world. And to that, you should know that mexico needs the US as much as the US needs mexico, since our economies are very dependent of each other. Its true that Fox wasnt able to do much about Mexico for two reasons, One, Mexico was ruled for 71 years by a party of corrupts who were supported by the US govt election after election, simply because its was on their best interest ( now dont complain about immigration )and Two, Presidents Fox party was a minority in congress. About Immigration, its been going on for 100 years, they work our farms and kept the economy giong in WW1 and WW2 when our soldiers were fighting, they were brought to the US by us, so what now? they are unneded? unwanted? inferiors? this just shows how superficial and selfish we are, and in some cases by the way some of us refer to them, as if we are superior, well guess what? we are not, if you beliebe in god you should know that we all are equal, look what happened whit Adolf Hitler, he tought he was superior to others and created the biggest mess in history. Its sad to read and listen to people that treats others as inferiors, thats not what ameica and their values are. We have a problem with immigration then lets fix it, but the problem will not be solve building a wall.

    October 10, 2007 12:17 am at 12:17 am |
  9. Jeff D, Hattiesburg MS

    Vicente Fox on the Daily Show also voices his ardent support for a North American Union. Combine that with him supporting Clinton... and watch it happen if she wins. Oppose free trade, keep our wealth in our borders!!!

    October 10, 2007 01:39 am at 1:39 am |
  10. Mrs. America

    Ex Pres Fox was not great at domestic issues. However, he put Mexico on the map in international trade, particularly with Europe.

    As to the illegals crossing into the U.S., Mexico can't stop them anymore than the U.S. can prevent people from leaving the U.S. When people stop hiring illegals, the flow will stop. Same with drugs. If there are no buyers, the supply will end.

    October 10, 2007 01:43 am at 1:43 am |
  11. RA The Framing Wizard LV, NV

    This must be said to former Mexico President Vicente Fox and Senator Hilary Clinton; if Mexico and their people are our friends. Well than illegal immigrants that have settled here in our great nation, can join the US by helping with keeping up the fight against Islamic radical terrorist.

    Legal and illegal immigrants from Mexico can volunteer to serve in our nations military branches.

    Hope these 11 reasons are justified for their assistance.

    1. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

    2. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

    3. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

    4. $1 7 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

    5. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

    6. 30% of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

    7. $90 Bill ion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

    8. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

    9. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens.

    10. In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the United States.

    11. The National Policy Institute "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.

    October 10, 2007 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Aaron, Lynnwood, WA

    To those of you saying that not all illegal immigrants are criminals: you are wrong. All illegal immigrants are crinals because they have broken our laws and violated our national security to come here. That is the deffinition of criminal: one who breaks the law. And illegals continue to break the law by staying. Then after they've broken our laws and violated our security for years on end, it's no longer ethical to send them packing?!

    Pardon me for being a law abiding citizen and expecting everyone else to be one as well. If you want to live in this country, become a citizen. Don't live here for 10 years and then apply for citizenship and claim amnesty. Freedom isn't free. My family fought for this country's freedom, and many other families immigrated here legally for their freedom. Just hopping a fence is not going to fly. Go through the immigration process and earn your freedom. Don't steal it from us.

    Breaking the law makes you a criminal. That makes all illegals criminals.

    October 10, 2007 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  13. RA The Framing Wizard LV, NV

    RECAP…

    This must be said to former Mexico President Vicente Fox and Senator Hilary Clinton; if Mexico and their people are our friends. Well than illegal immigrants that have settled here in our great nation, can join the US by helping with keeping up the fight against Islamic radical terrorist.

    Legal and illegal immigrants from Mexico can volunteer to serve in our nations military branches.

    Hope these 14 reasons are justified for their assistance for America to keep sovereignty in our nation and our Presidents determination with achieving reconciliation in Iraq.

    1. $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.

    2. $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school lunches for illegal aliens.

    3. $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.

    4. $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they cannot speak a word of English!

    5. $1.7 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor babies.

    6. $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.

    7. 30% of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.

    8. $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.

    9. $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.

    10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that's two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens.

    11. In particular, their children are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the United States.

    12. The National Policy Institute "estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.

    13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.

    14. So if deporting them costs between $206 and $230 BILLION DOLLARS, Start getting rid of em.' We'll be ahead after the 1st year!!!

    A consistent theme emerges: illegal aliens are treated much more favorably than aliens who follow the law. There is no penalty for illegal behavior.

    Some may believe in our U.S. senate that most ideas that originate there is a way to show how generous and magnanimous the U.S. Senate can be, but it really just shows how miss-placed their priorities are.

    October 10, 2007 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  14. P.A., Arizona

    US Citizens won't pay for legal workers? Who says? I am part of the shrinking middle class and am a single mom with 4 kids who are cared for by US Citizens at full US prices. When I have work done around my house I make sure it is being done by people who are legal or US citizens. And, yes, I'm willing to pay more for my food if that is what will pay my legal neighbor's wage. If companies were using LEGAL or US citizens, which they are supposedly doing ("We don't KNOWINGLY hire illegal aliens"), then prices shouldn't change.
    Shame on those who hire off the street! If you can't afford a legal person, then learn how to do the job yourself. If this little lady can do it...why can't the rest of you?

    October 10, 2007 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Consider the fact that California used to be Mexico (and America basically annexed it). Oh wait, but most of the people making comments on this blog didn't pass high school history class...

    October 10, 2007 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  16. FT Doylestown, Pa

    Not that we all NEEDED another Reason NOT to Vote for the "HILL"!!!! but this Says it all.
    Americans if you want your Country to be paying for all the proverty of Mexico and lose our Sovereignty.....
    Vote for HILLARY!
    OPEN BORDERS and NORTH AMERICAN UNION!

    October 10, 2007 08:38 pm at 8:38 pm |
  17. Gus, Pasadena, CA

    Unless you are a native american, guess what, your family immigrated too! Maybe if you middle-class working folks out in the wasteland of middle-america would realize the 20th Century is over and you need to adapt your local economies this wouldn't be such a vicious debate. Get an education – don't be a racist.

    October 15, 2007 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. August, Los Angeles, CA

    I didn't realize so many racist red-necks knew how to type or turn on a computer! I think Hill-Billy Nation is the one in for a rude awakening. Viva Mexico and to all American immigrants (which includes you racist red-necks as well)!

    October 15, 2007 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  19. George

    "The childrens is learning"

    October 15, 2007 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  20. Alex, Chicago, IL

    Almost every post above me decries illegal immigration as inexcusable, economy-shattering, and punishable. We hear about how so many of our family members died for this flag. I have news for you: this is the same country to which all of our families fled whatever living conditions they decided they could no longer live with. The Irish and Italian immigrant families (as well as the Jews, in my case) will tell you that they were not welcomed-people perceived their presence as a threat to their jobs. It is always an incessant fear that there is not enough wealth to go around. We have a GDP of over $10 trillion! Divide that by the roughly 300 million people living in America (including illegals) and tell me if that is not enough to go around. The only Americans who are native to this land have been put on reservations-what right do we have to close our doors only once we've safely made it inside? Ellis Island was not expecting my family when they arrived, and I'm sure it was also not expecting yours. So mind your own business, do a good job, and show the world the tolerance that America so desperately needs to display right now.

    October 15, 2007 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  21. H. Taylor, Tucson AZ

    This may be WHY some favor a fence between the countries... not to keep Mexicans out but to stop our durn Citizens from moving south and taking their retirement checks with them!!!

    October 15, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. Aaron Kinney, Sherman Oaks, CA

    Fox is totally right about immigration. The only reason they keep coming to the US is because companies and families NEED TO HIRE THEM!

    Unemployment is at a historic low in the US. We need the labor force!

    If they can get a job, then let them come! The native born US labor pool is not big enough to fill the employment demand. We simply need more foreign workers to come here.

    October 15, 2007 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  23. John V., Brussels, Belgium

    After reading those comments, I understand better why we americans are increasingly being hated in the world.

    October 15, 2007 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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