Fresh off giving an early thumbs-up to Republican presidential candidate Gov. John Kasich, NBA legend Charles Barkley told CNN that he is unimpressed by Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton and her leading GOP opponent Donald Trump.
“I like Donald, I met him several times,” Barkley told CNN’s Michael Smerconish on Saturday. “He’s always been cordial. But I’m not on his ticket right now. I normally vote Democratic, but they don’t really have a candidate to get my juices flowing.”
Asked whether Clinton is “getting Charles Barkley’s juices flowing for this campaign,” the basketball broadcaster responded:
Well, you know, she just doesn’t have the “it” factor. First of all, I think she’s a terrific lady and I wish her nothing but the best, but I don’t worry too much about the parties.
[…] I don’t like using the term “Republican” or “Democrat” or “conservative” or “liberal.” I want somebody who is going to inspire me to want to go out and campaign for them, talk to my friends about them. But right now, I’m not getting that from the Democratic Party.
Barkley also suggested that the current Republican strategy of running against undocumented immigration is “a disservice in this country to act that they are all here illegal and they’re not law-abiding citizens.” He added: “I live in Arizona. Is there a problem with immigration? There probably is a problem with it. But they act like immigration is the biggest problem in this country, I think it does a disservice to Hispanics.”
And that’s why, as he told ESPN’s Mike & Mike earlier this week, Barkley currently supports Kasich: “Just listen to him. He talks about being inclusive…. He talked about young black kids and giving us an opportunity. His idea of being a conservative is being inclusive. Most of the, quote-unquote, “conservatives,” they prefer to attack and blame. It’s always somebody else’s fault why these people aren’t doing better.
Watch below, via CNN:
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