In a web-only question and answer session with ABC News, former Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM), who also served as the Secretary of Energy under President Bill Clinton, said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) "should not be defined as a Hispanic" because of his "anti-immigration" views.
QUESTION: What does [Bill Richardson] think of Ted Cruz.
BILL RICHARDSON: Iâ€™m not a fan. I know [Ted Cruz is] sort of the Republican latest flavor. Heâ€™s articulate. He seems to be charismatic, but I donâ€™t like his politics. I think he introduces a measure of incivility in the political process. Insulting people is not the way to go. But I guess heâ€™s a force in the Republican political system, but Iâ€™m not a fan.
QUESTION: Do you think he represents most Hispanics with his politics?
RICHARDSON: No, no. Heâ€™s anti-immigration. Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform. No, I donâ€™t think he should be defined as a Hispanic. Heâ€™s a politician from Texas. A conservative state. And I respect Texasâ€™ choice. But what I donâ€™t like isâ€¦ when you try to get things done, itâ€™s okay to be strong and state your views, your ideology. But Iâ€™ve seen him demean the office, be rude to other senators, not be part of, I think, the civility that is really needed in Washington.