On the program Fox & Friends, Rivera admitted he has been a Republican or Independent since the first televised presidential debate between Kennedy and Nixon in 1960. If he runs, he most likely will battle five-term incumbent, Sen. Frank Lautenberg, 89, or the charismatic Newark Mayor Cory Booker, 43.
Rivera, 69, born in Brooklyn, NY to a catholic Puerto Rican father and a Russian Jewish mother and raised Jewish, endorsed the economic platform of Romney/Ryan in 2012 because “Democrats were denying the deficit and decrying necessary changes in federal entitlements,” he said.
In a shocking revelation Rivera said, “But I voted for Obama/Biden because the fiscal threat posed by the Democrats seemed less immediate than the GOP’s intrusion into the private space of abortion, as well as Republicans' opposition to both the inevitability of immigration reform and the rights of gay people to get married. Those things I believe, so how am I a Republican?”
He supports gay marriage, disabled people, veterans, Israel, Cuba, Venezuela, abortion, immigration, the Stop-and-Frisk policy (where police can pat you down if you look suspicious), and ‘Geraldo’s law’: “Federal programs should be crafted to encourage two parent families -- that’s not social engineering, that’s common sense. There has to be a father’s name on every birth certificate. Dad will be responsible for his fair share of the child’s rearing,” he explained.