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. Jon, San Mateo California

    So many of the responses highlight the close-minded, protectionist attitudes of so many Americans. Sad. Open up your minds for once. Or maybe read a book.

    October 9, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  2. Eduardo, Los Angeles, CA


    Let's recount: A "male" and former President suggesting another country, not his own, having a female President; His administration failed in Mexico; a country that needs to look at the root of why its natives want to leave it; and promoting his book for the coveted Dollar! Hmmmmmmm.

    October 9, 2007 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  3. Edgar Araiza, Houston, TX

    I cannot begin to describe how much it hurts me to read these hatefull, ignorant and ellitist comments by the American public. You really need to travel abroad and interact with other people to trully appreciate how wonderful this country is and to fully appreciate living here. First off, not all of us Mexican ILLEGAL immigrants cause havoc in the country. I came here illegally and now I've worked hard to get my residency and to educate myself. Currently I'm in medical school and proud to prove wrong all of your ignorant, racist minds. I have more class because I've overcome your hatred than many of you ever will and there are many more like me who gladly prove you wrong every day.

    October 9, 2007 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |


    October 9, 2007 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  5. Ryan Indianapolis

    This guy is a loser and ran a very corrupt government...Please go away

    October 9, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  6. Eduardo, Los Angeles, CA

    A "male" and former President whose administration failed wants a "female" President for a nation other than his own to tackle the immigration problem that starts at the root – his country -on American television promoting his book so he can acquire more of the much sought after "Dollares"! Hmmmmmm

    October 9, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  7. Jorge, Houston, TX

    Its amazing reading all these comments how much hate, intolerants, and ignorance there still is in America. The same insults African-Americans have had to deal with all their lives. A few Americans struggle therefore they need to blame everybody else besides themselves. I’m the son of Mexican immigrates that have worked hard all their lives (40+ yrs) and paid their fare share of taxes. Never asked for or received any government assistants and proud of it. Yes, they even paid for family health insurance…amazing. Thanks to them I completed my BBA and MBA and now work for a securities/investments firm helping them with their Latin-American operation. You haters need to ask yourself what have you done for yourself and your family. What have you done to better this great country? Spread more hate and ignorance! Can’t tolerate different points of view? Can’t stand seeing other people progress? And we wonder why so many around the world either hate or have a bad view of Americans….I know, I know…who cares what the world things….this is America…...etc…etc…..

    October 9, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  8. Manuela Mehare, Boston, MA

    First of all, America is a continent, not a country. With that out of the way... The United States needs to accept that they NEED the labor provided by the illegal immigrants since they fill jobs that the proud US population rejects in favor of social security and unemployment hand-me-downs from an over budgeted economy that owes more money to the world than the next ten countries put together. The fact that it is President Fox is the one saying these things makes no difference, facts are facts, and the United States lacks will always need the labor. The fact that Mexico's economy is in such a bad condition is a blessing in disguise for the US because people in Mexico are so needy that they are willing to cross into a country that publicly antagonizes them yet privately abuses the system by hiring them at below minimum wage and almost criminal conditions.

    By the way, it's not only Hillary that supports a change in the immigration policy, Bush was also very much in favor of it, and if Bush figured it out...

    Have fun with your debates, but at least accept that those of you against illegal immigrants get many benefits from it, including lower prices in your over-consumed products and better quality of life. Let’s not by hypocrites.


    October 9, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  9. Andrew

    Immigrants from Mexico have been coming here way before Fox's time. Fox was the first Mexican president chosen by their people in a non-fixed election. He fixed and changed a lot of things, and improved their economy.
    But Rome wasn't built in a day. Their gov. needs to continue improving things there so they won't come here.
    His opinion is JUST an opinion. It's all it is.

    October 9, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  10. Bea, Hoboken, NJ

    Wow, so many comments that border on xenophobia, bigotry and even sexism!!!

    I hope they do not represent the broad spectrum of the American public. Have we become so insular that we disrespect a foreign leader who just voiced an opinion on the US election in response to an interviewer's question????

    BTW, for those who do not travel and may not know this, the Clintons are the most popular US presidential couple since the Kennedys. It is the hope of the majority of people overseas that the Democrats, and Hillary in particular, win the presidential election. Fox is just one of many with a similar opinion.

    October 9, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  11. P. Travis, Omaha.NE

    Not only is Mr. Bush a cocky and insulated person from what I've read in these comments, so are many of the people in this country. Bush didn't know what globalization was in the presidential debates; it appears that he is not alone! This ignorant attitude got us four more years of Shrubbery and his Branches.....let's hope our collective intelligence can do better! Let's listen to what the "global"
    community thinks and try to regain respect some respect this next election. It is sorely needed. Look around!

    October 9, 2007 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  12. Archie Holoubeck Kearney Ne.

    So Fox thinks a lady would be nice in the White House. Sorry; we don't have one running!

    October 9, 2007 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  13. Steve, South Carolina

    Mexico is really not an ally of the United States but really just not an enemy, either. Vicentes Fox praises the Democrats probably to cover for his own sins and because of his foolish immigration policies of open borders.

    He praises Carter and Clinton and doesn't bother to say anything about Bush Sr or Reagan (now deceased).

    October 9, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  14. Tom, Oklahoma City, OK

    Religion, values and guided by God? This is NOT Hillary Clinton

    October 9, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  15. Lynn, Tucson, AZ

    If this nut-job is endorsing a "lady" for president that's enough for me to not vote for her......

    October 9, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  16. Nick Silver City new mexico

    I hope Mr. Fox would comment on the terrible corruption, poverty, and terror present in the glorious, perfect country of Mexico

    October 9, 2007 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  17. Thomas, St. Petersburg, FL

    Ruben of Glendale, CA:

    America is one of the most tolerant nations on earth. No other country has welcomed more immigrants to it's shores than the USA.

    30% of those in American prisons are illegal immigrants. They're not all coming here to pick tomatoes.

    In this age of terrorism, America MUST know who is emigrating here. This isn't racism; it's safety and common sense.

    October 9, 2007 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  18. Ed,Ellenville,New York

    The anti-Hillary posters are pinning the hate'o'meter on this one! To my friends of Mexican descent-our country is about half/half.The blue states are primarily open-minded and the red ones are just an embarrassment to the civilized world. We're trying to stop using petro-chemicals in our food so this problem will die off in a few generations. Bear with us,and rest assured that this scrutiny of their bigotry helps to make them irrelevant. We need to keep the spotlight on the lunatic fringe.

    October 9, 2007 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    This is America not Mexico. We don't care what the U.S ex-presidents have to say so Fox is totally irrelevant. Only King would waste an hour asking him his opinion. Fox, like Bill Clinton, continues to crave the media spotlight much the same as Paris Hilton et al do the same.

    October 9, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  20. timmy dallas tx

    Reading the bulk of these comments, I feel ashamed that these people are "fellow citizens." To listen to them, one would think that their families were here before Native Americans were.

    It is no wonder why we are embroiled around the world in "tar babies" formed from our own stupidity.

    I've seen Vicente Fox speak. He is eloquent and has some good observations we would do well to listen to.

    As far as the situation between the USA and Mexico, anyone who was not ignorant of history would know who is responsible for this relationship, starting with stealing 1/2 of their country to intervening in coups against their government to setting up the assassination of one.

    But nobody cares about that, either. We would rather continue to mortgage our children's future for whims, wars, and oil. In the meantime, nobody knows anything but us, who have learned nothing and have forgotten nothing.

    Amigos and amigas, I sincerely apologize. Vicente Fox is a fine man. I suppose this will cause a run on pillowcases in many circles, but I'm gonna sit under the tree in the schoolyard and tell you I love your country. You are most welcome in mine, too.

    October 9, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  21. Carlos Murillo, Miami, Fl

    It seems contradictory that the same people that advocate free trade and unfettered international access for goods, are also the ones that wants to restrict the free movement of people. Let's face it, the American economy needs the work of these immigrants, and the only way of ensuring our nation's security is by implementing a safe and legal way for the country to benefit from their labor.
    demanding that a wall be built between nations sounds more like the solution of a totalitarian state (think East Germany) than that of the world's best example of a free society.

    October 9, 2007 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  22. John L, Stratford CT

    Wow...so many hateful, ignorant people.

    I used to scoff at those who say Americans are "rude", but after perusing the 'net the past few years, it's more than apparent that a great deal of us are just that.

    Grow up, those of you who have nothing but insults for Vicente Fox.

    Common courtesy really is something us Americans are lacking these days.

    October 9, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  23. Gabriela, South River, NJ

    There is no way I would ever spend a single buck to buy a your book Mr. Ex-President. Interesting your position of wanting to stick your nose in fixing US immigration laws. How about you trying help fix the ones of your country? Why did you not answer the email question about Mexico getting the bill for healthcare expenses incurred by your paisans in America? Every single question you were asked you just responded with bla bla bla. Non sense.

    October 9, 2007 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  24. Linda - Albany, NY

    Vincente Fox is a complete disgrace. Please CNN, don't give this moron any more attention – just shut him down.

    October 9, 2007 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. Thomas Austin, TX


    Posted By HAWK ,TEXAS : October 9, 2007 1:52 pm


    Yes, it is amazing that there are actually people who don't know how to turn off the CAPS LOCK key. Stupidity abounds, HAWK.

    October 9, 2007 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7