Jorge Ramos perfected his persistent interview style years ago, anchoring Univision’s lead news show.
Since the late-October launch of Fusion though, he’s been able to bring his signature political interviews to an English-language audience.
We’ve only been on-air for a little over two months, but there have been some amazing JR encounters. Here are the best:
1. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
Ramos met the Texas senator at his office and followed him down the hallway, asking about President Obama, immigration reform and Cruz
Ramos: You think President Obama has been abusing his power?
Cruz: “I think he has absolutely been abusing his power and when you have a president who says ‘regardless of whether Congress acts I’m going to force my agenda on the American people,’ that’s wrong, that’s not consistent with our constitutional protections.”
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel
In a tense and heated exchange, Ramos asked Emanuel—who served as Obama’s chief of staff from 2009 to 2010—to explain why immigration reform remains stalled and the Guantanamo Bay camp remains open. Emanuel said that Congress blocked Obama from achieving his goals.
“That would be actually an accurate way to tell the viewers what happened,” he said. “The president didn’t lose his fire in his belly for what he wanted to see through, but he had a reaction against by Congress — by both parties — to not see it through.”
President Bill Clinton
Aside from asking Clinton about his wife’s presidential ambitions, Ramos questioned the former president about spying — and whether he engaged in it.
“Well, it depended on who they were,” Clinton said. “If we thought they were engaged in hostile acts against the United States…then [American agencies] might do it. But — I’m not sure — we didn’t have the capability then to do a lot of what’s being done today.”
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
Rachel Maddow called out Paul for plagiarism in October and Ramos kept the pressure on the Kentucky senator.
“We borrowed the plot lines from Gattaca. It’s a movie,” Paul said. “I gave credit to the people who wrote the movie…Nothing I said was not given attribution to where it came from.”
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.)
Jorge Ramos caught up with Sen. McCain after the 16-day government shutdown in October, and the latter had lots of vitriol for his fellow Republicans.
“I said it couldn’t succeed from the start and it didn’t,” he said. “It was a miserable failure and we must never do it again.”
McCain went on to criticize the Republican legislators who led the shutdown effort.
“Those responsible for it will be held accountable by the American people and I don’t care what party they are in.”