October 9th, 2007
03:45 PM ET
10 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. Ron, TX

    Oh wow! Vincente Fox endorses Hillary Clinton!

    Who cares? It's his fault we have an immigration mess. Mexico doesn't have an economy.

    October 9, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  2. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Senor Fox wants to ensure that he can continue to export his poverty dilemma to America.

    October 9, 2007 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  3. Elizabeth, richmond, IOWA

    I watched the debate and I wondered what this guy was doing for Mexico? This is not mexico, Mr. President? Your answers to larry King were as shallow minded as you are. Questions after Question yesterday night and I could not even make what you wanted to say, I expected something else which turned out to be not
    , Go Home!

    October 9, 2007 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  4. Rurik, St. Paul, MN

    Whoever gets in needs to keep building the fence between Mexico and America to safeguard our population from terrorism.

    October 9, 2007 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  5. toti,dallas,tx

    Which President doesn't know what is human issue on immigration when asked by his citizens in Texas yesterday night. This guy is not what I thought. Don't tell us what to do! This is not 5th world, you wrote the book you got your money, Go visit another cowboy(bush)! I watched the interview and could not make a thing. It is good people to be interviewed to know who they are. He is as useless as his predictions!

    October 9, 2007 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  6. Bubba, Swainsboro GA

    Crazy like a fox?

    October 9, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  7. Kate, Aurora CO

    What a shock. He supports the candidate who showed up at the marches and protests of the illegals (I won't call them immigrants since they feel they are above our immigration laws & policies). He knows just as everyone else that if "the woman" gets elected millions of law breakers will be given a free pass. I will not vote for anyone who supports lawbreakers in this country. If you are an elected official it is your job to uphold the laws of this country. If you support people who defy such laws then to me you are not an adequate person to become president.

    October 9, 2007 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  8. James (the real one), Phoenix AZ

    Oooo Vincente – you are so clever! You won't endorse anyone but you hope it's a lady?? And Bill Clinton is an "inspiration"??

    Don't drink the water in Tiajuana – THIS could happen to you too!

    October 9, 2007 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. A. Thomas, New York, NY

    I agree with Fox that Bush is the cockiest president, and a woman is needed in the HOUSE.

    October 9, 2007 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Chris, Las Vegas, NV

    Who cares what that two-bit loser from Mexico wants? This is still America and we need to focus on us. This bozo thought it appropriate to provide maps to illegals crawling over the border. He should actually be arrested if he ever crosses US soil for violating immigration laws and conspiracy.

    October 9, 2007 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  11. Howard, Levittown, NY

    "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."

    Isn't this a huge part of the problem with the Bush administration? You should be very wary of anyone who claims to be guided by God. It's too convenient and safe of an excuse to buy.

    October 9, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  12. Peter, Amityville, NY

    Wow. The ex-President of Mexico wants someone in the White House who supports open borders.



    October 9, 2007 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  13. Greg, Waverly, NY

    Who does this idiot think he is? He dishes our country, he dishes our President, now he states his preference for our leadership! Shame on CNN for giving this guy a platform to promote your liberal agenda. You are disgusting.

    October 9, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. Kristen Portland Maine

    i don't agree that it's clear that he means Hillary, the woman who showed American women to stand by thier men no matter what type of STD he gives you, no matter how degraded he makes you feel, no matter how badly he treats you. She is no lady, she is an example of one of the biggest plagues of American Women today.

    October 9, 2007 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  15. Common Sense

    Well jeeze, we DEFINITELY SHOULD CARE about what the former MEXICAN president thinks we should put in office of OUR COUNTRY. Good headline.

    Can someone please tell me what Finland thinks of our current trading policy?

    And someone please find an interviewee from MOzambique on the subject of the American Schooling system, STAT!

    October 9, 2007 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    Ex-Mexican President, Vicente Fox, wants a woman in the House?

    Tell him ex-Representative Foley isn't interested in running.....

    October 9, 2007 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Moore, Raleigh, NC

    So far Castro and Fox support Clinton...does that say anything about her views? America is in for a rude awakening.

    October 9, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. rich north new jerseyr

    The former president of a 3rd world economy, a country whose citizens desperatly break laws to escape their country to live in ours, a country with huges expanses of lawless territory, a country whose muderous drug kingpins slaughter police and military without repercussions, a country with rampant corruption, a country with uncontrolled garbage and pollution issues, etc...etc..consider the source before listening to his words of wisdom.

    October 9, 2007 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    President Fox is used to being around strong women, he's married to one. Marta Sahagun, the daughter of a physician, was an English professor at La Salle University. When she ran for mayor of Celaya (she lost), she met Fox and he became her second husband. Marta was as controversial as First Lady as Hillary was in her time. Marta even thought of running for president after her husband's term ended but desisted after encountering strong opposition from various sources, including her own party.

    October 9, 2007 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. kenny atl ga

    sorry senor, we don't have a lady running.

    October 9, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  21. CL, Orlando

    Another reason not to vote for her...Like we needed any more.

    October 9, 2007 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  22. Ken Mendenhall Tampa, FL

    Who gives a crap who Fox wants? I mean really. Why did he not fix the corruption in Mexico and make it a great place to live? This is not the United States of Mexico. Shut your mouth Fox.

    October 9, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  23. Jaime Arenas

    Way to go V. Fox! We definitely need a Lady (Hillary) in the White House and Bill Clinton is definitely an inspiration. To the previous comments: enough with the anti-immigration and prejudice rhetoric!

    October 9, 2007 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  24. mick, Concord NH

    This guy Fox does amazing work. The same day he was on Larry King he nailed up a whole deck for $33 and a bucket of KFC. I highly recommend him to everyone

    October 9, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  25. Jay, Las Cruces, NM

    And of course, when Fox indicates that xenophobia and fear are dictating American immigration policy, the masses jump all over themselves to prove him right. Just read reading the first responses is a testament to that and to American intellect. It's as if Americans want to "out-macho" the Mexicans to prove their "machismo."

    October 9, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
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