Bill Richardson On Ted Cruz: "I Don't Think He Should Be Defined As A Hispanic"


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: I’m not a fan. I know [Ted Cruz is] sort of the Republican latest flavor. He’s articulate. He seems to be charismatic, but I don’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 he’s a force in the Republican political system, but I’m not a fan.

QUESTION: Do you think he represents most Hispanics with his politics?

RICHARDSON: No, no. He’s anti-immigration. Almost every Hispanic in the country wants to see immigration reform. No, I don’t think he should be defined as a Hispanic. He’s a politician from Texas. A conservative state. And I respect Texas’ choice. But what I don’t like is… when you try to get things done, it’s okay to be strong and state your views, your ideology. But I’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.

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