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After Mexico Trip, Fort Worth Mayor Says Business Will Continue Despite Donald Trump

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Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price speaking with journalists during her visit to Mexico this week.

The mayors of Fort Worth and Dallas spent this week in Mexico, pitching North Texas to the country’s government and business leaders. Meanwhile, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump criticized a federal judge on CNN for his Mexican heritage.

That blew up at the same time the North Texans were sitting down with their Mexican counterparts. Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price talked about the trip’s progress while she was there.  

…On whether the drop in oil prices influenced this Mexico trip:

“We’re always looking to bring more jobs [to Fort Worth], and that in turn brings more dollars the city - more people come in, more sales tax, more property tax – so we’re always looking to expand our job market.

The slide in oil has hurt us, but our economy is very diverse now, so it hasn’t been devastating.”

…On how Mexican officials feel about Donald Trump’s controversial comments on Mexico:

“They’re not happy about it, obviously, and they’re a little nervous about it. They want some assurance that business is going to continue and we said we’re going to continue to support business here. [The Mexican officials] have a lot of questions about it, but they also understand that big cities can continue to do business.”

…On whether she’ll support Trump in the general election:

“I don’t know yet. He is the Republican nominee and I’m very conservative, but I’ve got significant questions there. We will just see what happens, but I think people have significant questions right now on both sides of the coin.”

…On Hillary Clinton being the first woman to get enough delegates for a party nomination in the U.S.:

“You can’t help but find some pride. I don’t necessarily agree with Hillary’s politics, but it is nice to see a woman at the top of the ticket. All of us in this country should look at not race, not sex, but who’s the best candidate for all our races, not just at the presidential level.”

Betsy Price is the mayor of Fort Worth.  

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.
Rick Holter is KERA's vice president of news. He oversees news coverage on all of KERA's platforms – radio, digital and television. Under his leadership, KERA News has earned more than 200 local, regional and national awards, including the station's first two national Edward R. Murrow Awards. He and the KERA News staff were also part of NPR's Ebola-coverage team that won a George Foster Peabody Award, broadcasting's highest honor.