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. Adrian, Aachen Germany

    Wow, as I read all the ignorant comments here, I am reminded why I left the US and am now living in Germany, which even though it suffered through Nazi fascism, is actually more democratic and filled with more intelligent-minded citizens than the good old USA.

    Most Americans, moreover, can't even speak any language other than English and most of those, on top of that, can't even speak English well, as is demonstrative by the postings on here. You people who wrote comments on here need to go back to high school and actually get a diploma this time. Thereafter, maybe the comments you write here won't be so revealing of the fact most of you had a C average in school and flunked Spanish with flying colors.

    October 9, 2007 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  2. Sad, Berkeley CA

    You all make me so sad. So much ignorance in this country.

    October 9, 2007 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  3. Jason, Seattle, WA

    Hillary Clinton = America's Eva Peron. If Hillary is elected make way for the coming North American Union!

    October 9, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  4. Ali, Lansing, MI

    "President Bush gets respect wherever he goes..."


    October 9, 2007 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  5. Isaiah, Tempe Az.

    I find it quite sad myself that I had to read through about 20 comments before I heard a just opinion of any relevance towards this interview. America is extremely racist when it wants to be, and sadly this is an issue that is said to be done with here in the states a long time ago. Wake up America, realize that we as a nation must focus on the tasks of today, and know that problems old and new must be rectified. However, the bashing of an ex Head of a nation is not how one goes about doing that. We are supposed to be well educated, free speaking individuals. Lets not show the world how racist we can be. We as a country are a child in comparison to the rest of this world. We don't know it all, and we sure as heck do a good job of faking that fact. Let us realize that we as a very young nation have problems of our own, and instead of talking and only talking of them, take action with a clear headed well thought out perspective. For we are all human, and it shouldn't matter where it is that we came from. Without diversity breeds ignorance of the unknown, and that America is what we should be ashamed of that we as Americans let ourselves think and act in such an ill mannered way. Let us remember what this nation was founded on, and where we all truly come from. We are all children of the world. America just happens to be our neighborhood, and in this neighborhood let us do away with all that is bad, and let shine all that is good. Remember America, that we all have to live on the same block.

    October 9, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  6. Ramon Mexico City

    it is funny how so many of you talk about mexico and saying how terrible it is and yet if the keep there pace of improvement up they will surpass the united states in about 10 years. So many of you forget that your parent, grandparents, great-grandparents made the same trip to this country. Due to the fact they didnt have the chance do make in there country. Maybe because they were not educated or whatever they deal maybe. for those who have never been to mexico dont talk. Most of you that claim that you are americans. Ask your self this what have you done for your country to begin with. I think it is safe to say nothing. I am an American that has been living in Mexico City for five years. i served america on many fronts. I see why the country is going down hill you have to many uneducated people that live there.

    October 9, 2007 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  7. Linda - Albany, NY

    To those that feel some of us are being "hateful" etc., perhaps some of us wouldn't feel that way if immigrants went through the proper and legal process of becoming citizens, unlike the method Mr. Fox was encouraging.

    Think about it.

    We pay taxes on our income, etc. while illegals come here, work and don't pay a dime, yet they want all the rights and priviledges that a U.S citizen has?!?

    No other country allows that, but we [the U.S] are supposed to bend over and be Mexico's suckers? I think not!

    When illegals become legal citizens, then they might have reason to complain. Until then, zip it.

    October 9, 2007 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  8. Mr J, Maryland

    Isn't it nice that we get to here what this ex president Mexico wants. Who cares?? This another confirmation that American citizens are under attack from Mexico and all its' free roaming people here illegaly. It is again proof positive that Mexico is neither a friend nor an ally to the US. We need to keep building the fence to keep out whoever isn't permitted here by law. There is nothing racist or xenophobic about asserting our national sovreignity by securing our borders.
    There are plenty of decent hard working folks waiting in line to come here without sneaking in.

    October 9, 2007 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  9. P.A., Arizona

    In a statement last week Mr. Fox called our government uncompassionate and said the illegals are "valuable people"...obviously Mexico doesn't find them to be very valuable or they would be fighting for those people to stay in their country, create jobs for them, and make a life better for their "valuable people". Instead, Mr. Fox wants those people to be able to stay here, work, and send their U.S. $$ to Mexico.
    Illegals are not just Mexican...I have been in the immigration sector for years and can tell you that the rate of people staying illegally on non-immigrant visas from every country of the world is as frightening as illegals entering through our open borders. And, yes, people from the middle east ARE crossing our Southern border illegally. I know of at least 2 Syrians who have crossed and can guarantee that is the tip of the iceberg. We NEED a fence, more border patrol officers, and local law enforcement to be able to arrest illegals even if they are stopped for a minor traffic violation – no matter what country they are from!
    Mr. Fox's opinions carry no weight with me. Like all politicians, he is in it for his own agenda.

    October 9, 2007 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  10. Joel Chavez, San Diego California

    After reading 98% of the comments by these so called "First World" enlightened American "citizens", I have come away with a confirmation regarding the folks who claim such self-righteous indignation as a family value.

    You are aLL probably for the Iraq war, cant even remember who we fought in WW2, or have the vaguest idea what results from a nuclear exchange, since so many of you believe that "Nucking" everyone that doesn't agree with us is the answer to all our problems. Ignorance, fear, racism, bias, arrogance, blindness, mean spiritedness, sense of entitlement, and GRAND SCALE XENOPHOBIC vile ARE NOT what our country was founded on. I am a proud American (USA citizen is better suited, since America starts at Tierra del Fuego, Argentina and ends at the North Pole; first lesson in geography to "Y'all"), and I thank God that the majority of our citizens do NOT share your disgusting views and outright racism. I can see that if Mexico and it's people did everything PERFECT, it would still not be enough for these yahoos to respect the country or its people (period), and never will be. What does this mean in the grander scale? BASICALLY, no one cares what you think!!! You idiots will never change and your vile does nothing but diminish you, as well as expose your own insecurities and inferiority complex'. I have a feeling that the hate you "throw up" is not limited towards Mexicans. I am sure that these issues carry on to most of your personal lives, and affect your everyday view of your surroundings. Go back to your twelve packs, and your Rush Limbaugh; keep lying to yourselves and I am sure that everything will be A OK!!!

    Joel Chavez

    October 9, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  11. Q. Christian Atlanta GA

    America it appears hasn't changed. Do we dare return back to the dark days of discrimination and brutality just because a person is of a different skin complexion or nationality? The brutally honest truth of this whole debate does not lie with the Mexican immigrants who come here–it lies right here with us Americans.

    Mexicans for years in their own country have had to deal with an economy that doesn't work for them. It's amazing that Mexico's biggest crop–CORN is not even allowed to be sold to the Mexican people without a tax on it. Mexico imports the majority of its biggest natural crop FROM THE UNITED STATES. So what's happening is Mexican grown corn is more expensive than the imported corn from the US, even though corn is ABUNDANT in Mexico. Who is getting the shaft here?

    The ironic part of the whole deal is Mexicans are actually coming here to be paid a slave wage to pick a crop that is decimating their own econony.

    How can you possibly blame the Mexican people for wanting to leave a terrible situation like that. Americans can't have it both ways. You can't have cheap crops, cheap labor and no immigrants. The truth of the matter is if you actually paid Americans to do these jobs PRICES WOULD GO THROUGH THE ROOF. I guess no one took an economics class. When people put a price tag on something LABOR COSTS are factored into that price. You can't have cheap merchandise and pay someone 14 dollars an hour to pick apples.

    Most people won't admit that they don't care if the Hispanic person who is serving them their food is being underpaid. Or if the person in the kitchen preparing the food is legal. Or if the dishwasher working 14 hours a day has health benefits. They are only concerned if this person is adding to the cost of their visit. If they feel the person is not adding to the cost of their visit, they are totally fine with them working there.

    Please let us not revert back to the dark days of America and find a way to allow these proud hardworking people to legally integrate into our society. We need Mexicans just as much as they need us. We have a carefully balanced symbiotic relationship, which means one can't survive without the other. There is no question that Americans WILL NOT DO THE JOBS that these "dirty criminals" take. Last I checked criminals didn't want to WORK and stay out of the way of police and society.

    October 9, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  12. Bob, Oakland, CA

    Shouldn't this windbag be addressing the need for building up his own countries economy and the continued need to fight corruption in Mexicon??

    October 9, 2007 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  13. Mike, Seattle, Washington

    For all of you who bad mouth our President (Bush), and praise Fox – Pack your things, learn to speak Spanish and move to Mexico.

    Our President is not perfect, but he is the President of the United States. Let's give him that respect.

    Let's not let other countries dictate how we should enforce our immigration laws and run our country.

    Stop the Mexicanization of the United States!

    October 9, 2007 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. michelle ortega Glendale Arizona

    I watched this twice and still cant make sense out of the whole interview,except that he likes the clintons.I voted for mr clinton but this time the mrs will not be getting my vote.No one except the person who is willing to do something about the illegal aliens will get my vote.

    October 9, 2007 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  15. Army Veteran, Seattle, WA

    Of course he wants someone who thinks that English should not be our official language. Wake up America! Your kids are starting to speak spanish and Mexican flags are flying above Old Glory.

    October 9, 2007 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Doc, R, NC

    To those who encourage travel as if it will cause people to embrace non-protectionist thinking:

    First,, what about America do you folks think is not deserving of protection?

    Second, I have traveled extensively and I found myself apologizing for the actions of American businessmen and political leaders. Plus,, I acted as if I were a guest in these countries,, as well I should! Not as if I were entitled to their hospitality and respect but rather as if I should earn it.

    October 9, 2007 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. Kenbo Longfoot

    Shout out to my german blog bro Adrian,right on man! Your the kind of leftist socialist/nazi I can did deal with.You did the right thing, and I appreciate you for it.Now if more foreign born idiots like yourself,and the rest of you AMERICAAAAAA!!!!! hating leftist would follow herr dumbass's lead,and pack up and leave my beloved country,I would be very happy.Thanks to you,my krautish brother,enjoy your new/old homeland of Yourapean on my flag.Nothing but love for ya jerryboy.YO!PEACEOUTTTTTTT!!!!

    October 9, 2007 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Joe, Moreno Valley, Ca

    Senior Fox needs to keep his meaningless, stupid opnions regarding anything American to him self. He was a very poor, incompetent president of a very, very corrupt country. his meddeling in U.S. politics is outrageous! He needs to take a good long look at what he did, or better yet, did not do for his own country. he is a selfish person who admires other selfish people like Carter and Clinton. Neither of those idiots really protected America. One discraced the White House and the other wanted to give it to Mexico. So please, Fox is only trying to push his book sales. The female Clinton will only harm America further. Let her become president od Mexico!

    October 9, 2007 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  19. Alex, Alexandria VA


    This is simple, he is correct and you don't want to believe it, so you attack him, well, face it he is correct.

    Saludos y que Viva Fox !

    October 9, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  20. AJ, Minneapolis Minnesota

    Its Amazing the level of ignorance that has been plastered on this site. These comments reiterate the prevelant world that for the most part American citizens are among the least Articulate and Educated people of the so called developed World most of you can not even muster to really express what it is your in disagreemnet with, you just insult and shove off the opinion of a well educated Yale graduate who was a leader of an entire nation, an Executive at Coca-Cola, Oh and the fact that he is kind of an American as his Grandfather actually left Cincinnati, OH to persue a better life in Mexico.

    PS. To the red neck inbreds that slept through American History, the South Lost, and am now convinced intelligence the reason why.

    October 9, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Kenbo Longfoot

    Just in case I made a false assumption concerning Adrian,the disillusioned idiot,it is possible that you're not foreign born,but might have been born in AMERICAAAAA!!!! If that's the case,then you're a bigger dumbass than I originally assumed.Love ya...

    October 9, 2007 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. joseph, austin, tx

    Xochiti, and Jorge. just shut up please, im so proud of you jorge you made despite what the white man took from you. the fact still remains you wouldnt be half of what you are in mexico, you came here to make yourself great, and now you 're gonna call everyone else ignorant or racist, go figure give someone rights and they will abuse them. Xochiti, if mexico is so great and if we should listen to what vicente has to say then why did Jorge have to come here to get an education, you can shut up now please, you're just mad at me because when it gets dark here lights come on.

    October 9, 2007 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Luis Calvillo, Mexico City, Mexico

    On behalf of clear thinking and decent Mexicans I would like to apologize to all Americans for the stupidities uttered by the inept and corrupt ex-president of Mexico. The guy is a total jerk. He will go down in history as the worst president our poor country ever had.

    October 9, 2007 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  24. Steven, Hallandale FL

    If the U.S. government really wanted to keep illegal immigrants out they would. But it turns its head away because the U.S. economy needs them. We used slavery to build this country and since then we've been addicted to cheap laborers that have no rights.

    If we kick them out who's going to replace them? NOT ME.. I'm not going to pick apples in 100 degree heat even if it payed 50K a year.

    Long live our hypocrisy!! HAHAHA

    October 9, 2007 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  25. Jerry Williams - Conroe, Tex

    Sad comentary that a illeagal mexican ruler can recieve air time to promote his BOOK. While LK. does his be -nice song and dance to this Dictator. What a shame that anyone would really care but the illeagals that will vote for the free ride as well.

    I am working two jobs, and find this a slap in the face to let Mr. Fox
    think that the American Workers really give a flyin ......., and if Hillary Clinton is needing his backing then let him stand on the podium with her. I am sure that will help get her the election ...not.

    October 9, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
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