June 8, 2005


New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson (Laura Knoy, 2005-06-08, The Exchange)

It's never too early for presidential politics, Bill Richardson will join us as he explores his possibilities in the Granite State. The former US Secretary of Energy and Ambassador to the UN, Governor Richardson will talk with us about social security, the economy and the continuing war against terror.

Except for the President being a more orthodox Catholic, Mr. Richardson sounds like he's got the good sense to run as a Democrat version of George W. Bush 2000.

Gov. Richardson in NH speaks of unity (JOHN DiSTASO , 6/08/05, Manchester Union-Leader)

Richardson said national policy should begin in the states and that governors "actually can make a difference" because they "fix budgets, build schools" and "set the agenda."

"The main policy laboratories in America are in the states," he said. "Education, economic development, issues related to health care and renewable energy."

He described himself as a "tax-cutting governor" and a "new progressive Democrat," which, he explained, is someone who combines fiscal responsibility with action to help working families and promote economic growth.

"The issue is not being right or left or center," Richardson said. "It is whether we can solve problems." [...]

Richardson, who is Hispanic on his mother's side, received an enthusiastic welcome from about 300 people at a Latino Summit at Southern New Hampshire University.

He said Latinos are becoming increasingly involved in elections and influencing national policies.

Summit leaders said New Hampshire's Hispanic population increased by 80 percent, to about 25,000, between the 1990 census and 2000 census, and about 6,000 Latino Granite Staters are of voting age.

"Latinos in America don't just care immigration and civil rights," Richardson said. "Those are important. But we Latinos care about home ownership, education, economic development, starting a business, being part of the American dream. We don't like to be put in a box."

Addressing the summit, Richardson had fun with the English-only speaking journalists in the room regarding his Presidential ambitions. He said that to make his position clear, he would repeat it in English and Spanish.

"No, I will not run for President," he said in English, then adding in Spanish, "But yes, I am" — to loud applause and cheers.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 8, 2005 10:35 AM

If Kerry had chosen Richardson as his VP he would probably be sitting in the WH right now.

Richardson has some skeletons from his time working for Clinton (he came up during the Lewinsky thing I believe) but could be a strong addition to the Dem ticket.

Posted by: AWW at June 8, 2005 11:09 AM

richardson is one of the few democrats that don't seem completely crooked. but i doubt that any democratic candidate or evne president would be able to keep the rest of the gang from causing major havoc.

Posted by: cjm at June 8, 2005 1:02 PM

He'll never make it past the first few primaries; the Angry Left will see to it.

Posted by: Mike Morley at June 8, 2005 1:38 PM

Too true, I could vote for Richardson, and as a Republican, he could walk into the White House. But, the Hillabeast will take care of this guy.

Posted by: AML at June 8, 2005 1:47 PM

AML - I think Hillary is smart enough to see the advantage of having Richardson on the ticket as VP. During '04 is was thought Richardson would help offset GOP inroads into the hispanic vote. Also as a Clinton appointee Hillary and Richardson may be on the same page.

Posted by: AWW at June 8, 2005 2:30 PM

How soon we forget. Richardson was Hillary's lapdog and most likely choice for VP.

Posted by: erp at June 8, 2005 3:32 PM

Richardson was tainted by Los Alamos, IIRC>

Posted by: Sandy P. at June 8, 2005 4:00 PM

If Richardson drops forty pounds, he's running for sure.

Posted by: Fred Jacobsen (San Fran) at June 8, 2005 9:57 PM