Democrat heavyweight William Blaine “Bill” Richardson III has openly questioned the legitimacy of Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s Latino heritage based solely on the Texas senator’s politics, as reported by Breitbart News.
Following an appearance on the ABC political roundtable talk show “This Week,” the former governor of New Mexico later was a guest of an ABC internet interview.
During the course of answering questions submitted via the web, Richardson was asked:
ABC News: 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, And I respect Texas’s 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.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau via Hispanic.com, the term Hispanic is defined as:
Persons of Hispanic origin, in particular, were those who indicated that their origin was Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American…
By the government definition, Richardson would ethnically be half-Hispanic by lineage. His father was half European, half Mexican, and his mother was half Spanish (her father was European born and raised) and half Mexican.
Senator Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz is also half Hispanic by definition.
His father is ethically Cuban and his mother is a mix of Irish and Italian.