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. Anonymous

    President Fox and President Bush need to reflect on the fact that we might need a number of workers due to labor needs because we presently, possibly have a shortage of them. Housing, health care, education, etc. are all important factors that branch out from any immigration flow though. If 400,000 come temporarily into the country for any length of time and many come illegally but permanently into the US, they multiply the population and there's possible excesses of unskilled, unmotivated or homeless people to add to the population. The US can't absorb the cost and manpower for added crime, domestic violence, government assistance, large families, etc. that comes with the situation. Some of the immigrants aren't comfortable and go the way of alcohol, drugs, or gangs to fill up their spare time. Vehicles and homes aren't always maintained. If they're in the US illegally, they can't go through ordinary channels to prove themselves as caring citizens. The ones that make their home here now want to flaunt the Mexican flag here? That's not healthy for anyone. Please have President Fox and President Bush at least cover where each flag belongs. Fly them close together along the border? Good Mexican laws and life should be instilled in Mexico. Good US laws and life are attempted to be instilled in the United States. Once President Bush is less busy with the country, the wars, his citizens, etc. maybe he'll have a few minutes to get horse-riding techniques from the President who takes time to write a book while in office? US companies have moved there causing problems for US families. Please leave the pettiness to the paparazzi? Maybe the responsible legal immigrants can help each country solve pending issues without "power issues".

    October 9, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  2. humberto, Minneapolis MN

    this comment might have something to do with the fact that Mr. Fox's wife wanted to run for president of Mexico

    October 9, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |

    There you go America!! Beware of Hillary Clinton. If this man endorses a woman, then what's up his sleeves? Flood America with ILLEGALS. We have enough problems already from the illegal aliens. Too many violence already. Since when did this man start choosing for America? His motives are clear. Tell him to go home.

    October 9, 2007 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  4. SB

    He likes the lady because she was behind the disaster we call NAFTA

    October 9, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  5. Aaron, Lynnwood, WA

    I wonder if he supports her because of immigration or because of the North American Union. Am I the only person that's horrified of this woman?

    October 9, 2007 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  6. steve Banny Toccoa Ga

    Tell him Edwards is as close as we have.

    October 9, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  7. sharon walker, corona, ca

    What a shock......and I suppose he endorsed spanish as America's official language while he was at it. I swear, there is no where to run from the disaster that awaits us...can anyone say, "Third world country?"

    October 9, 2007 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  8. Paul Sander

    Isn't this the guy who had eating out of his hand and kissing his ass the whole time he was president??

    October 9, 2007 12:14 pm at 12:14 pm |
  9. Lou Corsetti, Atlanta Georgia

    This guy has to be kidding me. Nothig against Mrs. Clinton, she has as good a shot of anyone to win. But this guy is a joke. Talk about human rights issues. The Mexican economy is in the tank and all of his people come here to work so they can support their families. This guy is a major disappointment and if the Mexican government was not so corrupt they would not have people fleeing their country to come here to work.

    October 9, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  10. Rick, Atlanta, GA

    Yes, of course he wants to see Hillary as President.

    He also wants Americans to continue subsidizing CHEAP LABOR for businesses while illegal aliens send $20 billion back to Mexico.

    He is an elitist HYPOCRITE that lobbys against our weak immigration laws while his own country practices INHUMANE IMMIGRATION POLICIES!

    Mexico is an elitist and corrupt nation.

    October 9, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Mark. Shreveport, LA

    Gee! That cinches it for me! I'm switching from Ron Paul to Hillary!
    Maybe larry king and CNN can find out who the ex-president of Portugal is supporting. That would be important too!

    October 9, 2007 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  12. amy arizona

    viva fox

    October 9, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  13. Bradley Schaubs, Greeley, CO

    Whoever gets in needs to keep building the fence between Mexico and America to safeguard our population from terrorism.
    Posted By Rurik, St. Paul, MN : October 9, 2007 11:26 am

    What point are you trying to prove? Are you saying that the Taliban and Al Qaeda are actually operating in Mexico? We haven't checked their, but I do believe they are still in the Middle East. The worst thing we get from Mexico is a few poor people looking to support their families. Could any of you live off seven dollars a day? That's how poor they are. And what has Fox (or his successor) done to amend the Mexican economy? Probably wouldn't have so many immigrants if the Mexican government would just put more effort into its domestic policies.

    October 9, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  14. Shawnie - Grants Pass, OR

    oooh! Let's vote Hillary in because that's what MEXICO wants..

    Looser endorsement.

    October 9, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  15. Ruben, Glendale, CA

    Its sad to read all these comments, Vicente Fox is just another human being exposing his ideas of how US and Mexico can benefit from each other... While in our comments instead of stating our ideas, we're just stating that we're racists as hell and that we are close minded in what globalization means... Americans WAKE UP!!!

    October 9, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  16. Q. Christian Atlanta GA

    Wow it really amazes me how respectful Americans are of foreign heads of state. The President of Iran was blasted before a speech that he was invited to attend something no other country would have done to President Bush. Now on here we have the former Mexican President being called "two-bit loser" all because he said he wants a lady in the White House. Americans where has our hospitality gone?

    I wish all the people who thinks that the immigration problem started with Vincente Fox would rewind back to the Reagan era and remember that the problem was so bad Ronald Reagan had to give blanket AMNESTY TO ALL THE ILLEGALS that were here. If my memory serves me right Vincente Fox was NOT THE PRESIDENT of Mexico at that time.

    Stop spewing hatred at everyone just because they are supporting Hillary. It really shows your ignorance. I wonder when Americans lost the idea that being respectful to a statesman regardless of your views of their politics or actions was a bad thing.

    President Bush gets respect wherever he goes and it's not because he commands the most powerful army in the world, it's because the people he is speaking to at least have the decency to be polite and listen to what the man has to say.

    Let's erase the idea that many people around the world have of Americans as being rude and arrogant and start practicing some humility.

    October 9, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  17. joseph, austin, TX

    If vicente wanted to fix the immigration policy of the US he would have fixed mexico, so that way about 10 million of his countrymen wouldnt be comming here for work. Who cares what his opinion is, he is a hypocrite whos number one export was his poor countrymen, and his number one import was the money his people sent back to mexico. How bout we run america the same way he ran mexico, into the dirt.

    October 9, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  18. Roy, New Orleans LA

    I had no intention to vote for Hillary Clinton, but this has strengthened my resolve. I’m going to volunteer and actively participate in the Republican nominee’s campaign if she is nominated by the Democrats.

    I’m truly tired of George Bush, and would gladly vote for a Democratic candidate, but if they insist on running another winner like Gore, Kerry and now Hillary, I just can’t support them. Nor will I support John Edwards. The Democrats are going to have to come up with a decent candidate, or I really don’t think they’ll win again.

    Anyway, Hillary Clinton.. NO WAY!

    October 9, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  19. steve, phoenix,az

    Sure he does...so his corrupt government can push off more of it's ignorant and criminal population on the US. We all know Hillary will welcome all those who seek to enter the country and work for minimum wage (as if NAFTA didn't do enough damage to our economy) to please her New World Order cronnies and screw us all into paying for their healthcare and anything else they need.

    October 9, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  20. eddie santillan, brownsville, tx.

    as a hispanic totally immersed in the american culture, I'm proud of my heritage and accomplishments in this beautiful country, not all people come to this country to ask for food stamps and government assistance. Just open your mind and don't take Fox's comments personal.

    October 9, 2007 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  21. Ramesh, Fremont, CA

    There is not one lady running for the presidency; Giuliani is the other. He often likes to dress as a lady and a drag queen!!!
    I seriously hope he was not referring to that "lady".

    October 9, 2007 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  22. Steve

    Maybe Senor Fox would like to make a late night visit to the White House to visit Hillary.

    October 9, 2007 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  23. Pickles, Monaca, PA

    Vincente Fox should have spent his Presidency making Mexico a better place for Mexicans to live AND WORK. We don't need to import their problems, poverty, or people.

    The building of a fence between our two countries can't happen fast enough for me.

    I wouldn't select Hillary Clinton for kindergarten teacher, let alone President. Roy of New Orleans is right: The Democrats have nominated wishy-washy and wooden losers for past two elections (and many elections before, I might add), but they are certainly not going to gain any ground by nominating one of the most divisive personalities to hit politics in a long time. I just wish their leadership would admit that they REALLY want Republicans to win, and then dissolve the party so that a REAL opposition party can emerge.

    October 9, 2007 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  24. Brody, San Antonio, TX

    Wow– amazing. Fox was not the best leader of Mexico, but he sure has some things about the U.S. right. It amazes me, however, that so much racism has been directed at this article from the responses below. I am sorry, but making fun of Fox because of the Mexican economy, or commenting about immigrants as if they are one big mindless group of bloodsuckers, is racist and hateful.
    Oh, and Fox is right about Bush's "cowboy" act. Bush isn't even from Texas originally.

    October 9, 2007 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  25. Jon, Sacramento ~ Ca

    I hope the political leaders of our neighboring countries (Vicente Fox, Fidel Castro, etc) have an effect on the election.

    I hope the candidates THEY endorse are rejected by the American people.

    October 9, 2007 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
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