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My favorite Democrat jumped into the race

Not that he has a chance....


Bill Richardson Takes First Step Toward 2008 Presidential Race

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson announced early Sunday morning that he has formed an exploratory committee for the 2008 presidential election, taking his first step official step toward a bid for the White House.

Although Richardson has been best known lately for deal brokering in foreign affairs and he has an extensive background in Washington, took care to highlight his experience with state government in New Mexico.

“Our next President must be able to bring a country together that is divided and partisan,” Richardson said in a statement released Sunday. “It is clear that Washington is broken and it’s going to take a return to bipartisanship and simple respect for each other’s views to get it fixed. Most public policy solutions these days are coming from Governors and state government. On issues like the environment, jobs, and health care, state governments are leading the way. And that’s because we can’t be partisan or we won’t get our jobs done. That’s a lesson I’ve learned as Governor and that’s what I’ll do as President.”

Richardson, who has worked as a United Nations ambassador, served as a U.S. Representative and as the energy secretary under President Bill Clinton, joins Hillary Clinton in the weekend’s announcements of presidential bids.

Richardson would be America’s first Hispanic president if he gets to the White House but said on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that he won’t use that as the only leg to his platform.

“I wouldn’t run as a Hispanic candidate. I would run as an American proud to be Hispanic,” he said.

Richardson’s potential run sheds even more of the spotlight this election cycle onto the Mountain West. With Denver’s hosting of the Democratic National Convention and Arizona’s caucus, the West is well poised to be the political player that Western leaders have been pushing it to be.

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So far, on paper, the best guy in the race.

Never heard him speak, don't know what he's about, but you can't knock his credentials.

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Great speaker, articulate, yet very friendly, and well-liked by just about everyone... Watch for him -- he does impress...

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He would make a great president but he has a real uphill battle going against the name recognition of Clinton and the recent media coverage of Obama.
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I realize that a few state governors have climbed the political ladder to become president (Bush, Reagan, and Carter most recently). However, I think that members of congress are a better choice.

They know where to apply the grease when things become stuck, and as much as the former state governors think they will change the system, it is clearly impossible for a relative outsider to accomplish.

GWB is an exception to my "rule" because of his family connections.

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Richardson has been a member of Congress.

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Richardson has been a member of Congress.
You can never have too many members in congress

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What of the rumors of Rich being a womanizer? I could careless but we all know what happened last time; W got in and now we are in a losing war with thousands dead.
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I didn't realize that in my drunken stupor. Thanks for the info GS.

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You can never have too many members in congress

OK -- now give Ralph his jacket back.

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