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. Mark Eclov. Lexington, KY

    it is becoming apparent to me that a lot of people just don't get it... Bush is right at least on the issue of illegal workers.
    Our vegetable crops are not going to get picked, our roofs will not be repaired, and our highways are not going to be fixed with this generation of fat, lazy, and indifferent American citizens. This land was founded by by our hard working immigrant ancestors, but the work ethic needed to do the tough jobs in this country died with them. We need migrant labor laws that work!!!

    October 9, 2007 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  2. Dan (Columbia, MD)

    Edwards must be happy to have Fox in his corner.

    October 9, 2007 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  3. Linda, New York, NY

    Something tells me Hillary doesn't need Fox's help. What the heck is it with foreign leaders voicing their opinions on the 2008 election? First Castro pointed out that a Clinton/Obama ticket would be winning, and now this. What's next? Óscar Berger rooting for a Gravel/Paul Unity08.com ticket victory? "Only a centrist can reclaim America's glory and keep ties with Guatemala strong. Greenspan agrees with me..."

    October 9, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Aubrey, NYC

    Well said, Q. Christian Atlanta GA. It appears that the politicians of this country have succeeded in getting the country to split up in to two camps; and everyone in those camps have the notion that you’re either with us or against us. This is a flawed and childish notion. As a young adult who understands that because you don't agree with someone doesn't make that person "bad" or "evil" it is frankly, shameful that many in this country have lost that realization. I read an article today that said "the greatest threat to Democracy is Democracy itself." Please people, stop being close minded about everything, put some intellectual thought into the positions you assume.

    October 9, 2007 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  5. RuthieM

    Yes, I'd like to see a woman in the white house too - but it isn't Hillary Clinton. The fact that Vicente Fox did not come out and say her name tells me he feels the same way - just not Hillary!!!

    October 9, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  6. Sensible in Connecticut

    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.

    Posted By steve, phoenix,az : October 9, 2007 12:34 pm

    If I’m not mistaken "The New World Order" was a Republican invented term. Do your homework. Everybody hates the immigrants, what about hating the American companies that hire them so your fruits, vegetable, and Hotel services are cheaper. No wonder all of negative comments come from the states with the lowest education stats in the country.

    October 9, 2007 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  7. Russell, Baghdad, Iraq

    Is there a reason why we should care what the former president of Mexico thinks . . . about anything?

    October 9, 2007 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. BD, Avenel, NJ

    Why doesnt he say Hillary. She's got the endorsement From Al-qaeda,Iran,North Korea,now Mexico. Our Enemies love her, Mexico's Government loves her so we can educate,give healthcare, and the Democrats the majority where ever illegals reside.

    October 9, 2007 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  9. Greg, Phoenix, AZ

    The list of Hillary supporters/advisors continues to grow:

    Hsu, Berger, Fox, Jameson...

    Now we understand the allure???

    October 9, 2007 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. Me, Fullerton, CA

    Fox and all previous Mexican presidents have a strategy to overtake the United States by smuggling as many illegal people as possible to the US soil. They do understand that America (they use our generosity as a key) like or dislike will be forced to accept them or otherwise will be condemned by the world because they think we separate parents from kids bla bla bla.

    Enough is enough. If our next president is allowing more people to come illegally, then within the next few years America will become a third country. I am sure you all guys know about this. Let's do something to prevent this happen. God bless America.

    October 9, 2007 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Jack, Scottsdale Arizona

    Too late Senor Fox...you had your chance and you did nothing to help the people of Mexico. Nobody cares about your opinions regarding US policy so take your book tour elsewhere.

    October 9, 2007 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  12. Eddie, Lancaster, CA

    Sure he does…so his corrupt government can push off more of it's ignorant and criminal population on the US...

    Posted By steve, phoenix,az : October 9, 2007 12:34 pm

    Your right this country does not need any more ignorant people, as people like you make sure we have a constant supply. The fact that someone does not speak our language does not make them ignorant, it merely places them at a disadvantage. Poverty is also not a sign of ignorance, look at yourself for instance you are more then likely a middle classed American yet you reek of ignorance. America has the highest percentage of its (not it's as that stands for it is) population in prison , jail, or on some form of probation something that cannot be solely attributed to the immigrant population.

    While I am not a supporter of the former Mexican President I would hope that we would not judge an entire country by their former President. Shoot I am a proud American but i prey that I am not judged by the actions of President Bush. While I to believe that Mexico's government is corrupt and has many issues, one should also look at our government before passing judgment. For example who is getting all the contracts to rebuild Iraq?

    America is a great country,the fact that one is given a forum to express their views is but one example of that greatness, even if people use that freedom to be ignorant... good day

    October 9, 2007 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Mexician males have a long history of treating females much worse than 2nd class citizens and he needs to take care of Mexico's problems and keep his criminals in Mexican jails instead of exporting them to the U.S.

    October 9, 2007 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  14. josh

    Who cares what this guy thinks?

    October 9, 2007 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  15. Mr. president , fl

    To the people who are trying to comment on the border of mexico no matter what fence u build across MEXICO.We are still going to make a way to get threw. U all talking bout keeping terrorism out Then somebody should build a fence around the white house to keep them torrorist out as well. Just think in 15 to 20yrs there is going to be MORE MEXICAN THAN ANY OTHRE RACE....... COMING FROM A TRU MEXICAN.

    October 9, 2007 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  16. Corbett, Seattle WA

    PS Chris from Las Vegas,

    I dare you to find anything less hypocritical than typing the phrase "two-bit" onto an internet forum. Good job cowboy!

    October 9, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  17. Dan, Mountain View CA

    He couldn't take care of his own country when he was the president, why should we listen to him?? We'll only become a loser if we listen to a loser.

    Fox, just take care of your own country and economy and DON'T send your citizens here illegally! Period!

    October 9, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  18. Mondovich, L.A., CA

    These comments seethe of racism, discrimination and arrogant supremacy.

    Other than that, yeah I do agree that Vicente Fox is an idiot.

    Yay! America! We're the best! Mexico doesn't have an economy! Great attitudes.

    October 9, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  19. Peter, Eugene, OR

    Who cares what this guy thinks?
    Posted By josh : October 9, 2007 1:21 pm

    He led an entire nation, what have you done?

    October 9, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  20. Humberto, Houston, TX

    As a Mexican-American, its very sad to read how according to the majority of comments America has nothing but ignorant and racist opinions toward other people other than their own, even though I dont agree with such racist comments I was raised with the ideal of respecting everyone's opinion, its called being open minded and respectful. And it would be good to read about the topics before judging on them, although I dont completely agree with many things that Fox had said or done, I still think he did pretty good things for the Mexican people, its just impossible that a country that has been ruled by corruption for 80 years can be fixed in 10. Which leads me to the next topic, there are professionals (ie. doctors) who have to work as taxi drivers over there, or as "illegals" here in the US just because most of the good paid positions (regardless of education) are open to people who have connections with other people (its all politics). Which brings me to the next topic, NOT ALL ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS are "criminals" or "dirty" like some people in this blog made them look. And to finalize, WAKE UP AMERICA, its sad to see such a beautiful multi-cultural country become more and more ignorant with time. READ BEFORE YOU SPEAK PEOPLE. Thanks.

    October 9, 2007 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  21. Xochitl Narvae, Mexico City, Mexico.

    I am a mexican national, live in Mexico, and watch cnn by satellite. After watching last night interview, I realized various thing.
    It is amazing to see so much ignorance... this country is where the level of education is so high that you have bloggers with 19th & 20th century minds responding to this article.
    Yes, Vicente Fox is not and was not the answer for Mexico's problem. How can turn around a country and an economy that's been corrupt and crooked for 75 years.
    I could care less who wins the U.S. elections, the future president like Bush, will not do anything regarding amnesty or legal immigration. There is just too many narrow minded, racist, and uneducated americans to prevent any of this.
    By the way, 90% of the responses in this article are incredibly clueless about Mexico as are much of the right-wing radio host and fox channel news analysts.

    October 9, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  22. George Mcallen Tx

    Unfortunately is true. We don't need Mexico's former president to come here and tell us what to do. When in fact he couldn't solve many of the problems that he faced during his term as president. He said he was going to persuade more investors to think about Mexico to establish their business.He failed. he did because he couldn't do anything about the drug dealing. About the violence that Mexican mafias currently have. All this is a huge point against Vicente's presidency. He commited himself that he was going to change all that.To create more employment and stop all corruption. All this corruption and attitude had been going on for more than 75 years with the other presidents that had won with the PRI political party. He finally was a hope by winning with a different party, by presenting good campaign objectives. But none of this happened. Now there is nothing else that he can offer not even his oppinion. Mexico's people doesnt even believe on him. They never did after his two first years.

    October 9, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  23. Veronica, The Woodlands, TX

    why are so many of you bitter and angry? I love Fox...he was Mexico's Clinton. He broke 70 years of the same party rule....just like Mrs. Clinton will break the Republican error – I mean era. Relax people!

    October 9, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  24. Paul Cragle, Tucson AZ

    I do not know how a ex-president from mexico can tell us how to handle a mess he helped create.
    It's like the "Fox" telling the farmer how to run the hen house.

    October 9, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  25. Rod , Vancouver, WA

    Why would you edit out the questions asked at the end of the interview? These questions and the responses are of utmost importance to this country. Whether you are conscious of it or not you are helping the globalists...please grow a conscience.


    October 9, 2007 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
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