Saturday, December 30, 2006

Iowa & NH: Don't Tell Them Who To Vote For

If there’s one thing Iowa and New Hampshire voters dislike, it’s being told who is going to be the nominee for President. In the case of 2008, most media attention is being focused on Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama, as they are loudly proclaimed as the front-runners for the nomination.

Barack Obama has achieved cult-like rock star status already and has nowhere to go but down. In fact, John Edwards fired the opening shot at Obama today.
"Identifying the problem and talking about hope is waiting for tomorrow."
Senator Obama can hope and dream all he wants, but hoping doesn't pay the bills, put food on the table, or get people jobs. Decisive leaders like Bill Richardson identify a problem and a course of action to solve the problem.

And everyone knows what they’re getting with Hillary, and I’m pretty sure most voters don't want another 4 years of a Clinton White House. Political dynasties (e.g. Bush, Clinton) are not in fashion with voters.

But when it comes to the retail politics atmosphere of Iowa and New Hampshire, it takes charisma, a willingness to shake hands and kiss babies long after events and meetings have wound down, and being genuine to win. Just being told you're the frontrunner doesn't mean anything to voters in those two states. Bill Richardson has what it takes to compete strongly in both Iowa and New Hampshire.

As we’ve said before:
You have to love the man who holds the Guinness World Record for shaking hands. He held thousands of town hall meetings as a congressman, governor and cabinet secretary. Also, as governor he has held dozens of open office days around the state when any citizen can come and have a few minutes of time. His politics is accessible, not exclusive.
That’s the kind of politics that the voters of Iowa and New Hampshire like.

Richardson Takes On Climate Change

With woefully inadequate measures being taken by the federal government to curb global warming and the inevitable climate change that comes with it, Governor Richardson has signed an Executive Order to put New Mexico in the forefront of addressing the problem.

Here is what the Executive Order does:

The Governor’s executive order creates a state government implementation team tasked with ensuring policies from the order are carried out. Those policies include:

• Creating a market-based greenhouse gas emissions registry and reduction program

• Advancing carbon capture and sequestration technology’

• Promoting the use of manure from the dairy industry in power generation

• Developing an education and outreach program on green buildings for those private sector builders

• Creating new procurement rules that ensure state government offices have energy efficient appliances

• Mandating that state vehicles use mainly clean, renewable fuels

• Proposes a one-time tax credit of up to 40 percent for the purchase, construction or retrofitting of alternative fuel filling stations.

It is precisely this kind of leadership that the United States needs. While the Bush Administration prefers to deny that global warming exists or swears that it is a myth conjured up by liberals, Bill Richardson is taking decisive action to solve a problem that Al Gore and numerous scientists have stated is perhaps the greatest problem of our time.

Elect Bill Richardson for President and you'll get decisive, common sense problem solving. Experienced leadership...Proven results.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Washington's Case for Bill Richardson

Note: Emmett O'Connell is co-author of this post.

In response to Andrea’s challenge, here is Washington’s case for why Bill Richardson should be President in 2008.

Border Security – As the Governor of a border state, Governor Richardson understands the issue of securing our borders to safeguard our national security. In December 1999, Ahmed Ressam was caught entering the United States through Washington at Port Angeles with materials and a plan to blow up Los Angeles International Airport on New Years Eve.

Washington has several border crossings with Canada (some more manned than others), and though there isn’t an immigration problem with Canadians illegally entering our country, clearly terrorists have attempted to come here. Bill Richardson as President would make it tougher for terrorists, drug and human traffickers, and other criminals to enter our country illegally.

Economics – As Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson has cut business taxes and fostered growth among burgeoning industries, for example by increasing a tax credit for film production and investing in a Spaceport. Washington has a growing biomed/biotech industry and with large research institutions, his economic policies would bode well for business in this state. In addition, with many scenic locales Washington has been a good place for the film industry in the past, but recently has been losing out to northern neighbor British Columbia due to economic reasons. Governor Richardson has shown that he knows how to stimulate business in his state, and would do the same for the entire nation as President.

Diplomacy - Washington, probably more than any other state depends on the good will of its neighbors. Not Oregon and Idaho, but rather China and Singapore. Washington is truly an international state. Our governors have been making regular trade missions to Asian countries for the past two decades, securing trade deals that ensure Washingtonjobs are safe. An open, honest and reciprocal international relations are important to the Washington economy. Richardson the diplomat – a former UN Secretary and diplomatic troubleshooter in his time in congress -- will ensure Washington doe not lose its ties with our Pacific neighbors.

Energy – During the past year and a half, Western states, but particularly the Pacific Northwest states, have been paying higher prices for gas than other states. Last year. Washington’s legislature spent $17 million to support our state’s growing biofuels industry. In addition, to help assure farmers that there is a market for biofuels, the Legislature developed minimum renewable fuel content requirements. By the end of 2008, all automotive fuels sold in Washington must contain at least 2 percent biofuels: either biodiesel – a fuel made from vegetable oil – or, in the case of gasoline, denatured ethanol. It’s not the be-all, end-all but it’s a start.

In 2005, the state adopted the California emissions standards for cars to reduce air pollution and waived the sales tax for purchasers of hybrid vehicles. We became the first state in the country to adopt “green” building standards for new state-funded buildings and public schools. We required that new appliances with primarily commercial uses must meet energy efficiency standards to be sold or installed in the state. To promote renewable energy, we reduced the B&O tax rate to the manufacturing of solar energy systems.

As a former Secretary of Energy Bill Richardson understands that our future lies in the production of alternative fuels and not in selling out to oilmen like the Bush Administration has repeatedly done. Richardson knows that we can’t just end our dependence on foreign oil today, but must slowly wean our nation while developing viable alternatives. Bill Richardson also understands that dependence on foreign oil ties directly to national security. With Bill Richardson as President, Washington state moves closer to independence from Saudi sheiks and Middle Eastern oil.

Intangibles - Plus, you have to love the man who holds the Guinness World Record for shaking hands. Richardson has also held thousands of town hall meetings as a congressman, governor and cabinet secretary. Also, as governor he has held dozens of open office days around the state when any citizen can come and have a few minutes of time. His politics is accessible, not exclusive, and we Washingtonians want to be engaged and involved.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Richardson Supports Cockfighting Ban

Emmett posted over at America for Richardson about how Governor Richardson supports a ban on cockfighting in New Mexico.

Don't think for a second that Governor Richardson is only doing this to take away an issue for potential opponents in a Presidential campaign. As Emmett said:
It has been legal in New Mexico for hundreds of years, through the administrations of both Democrats and Republicans, and there were bigger issues to handle.
The last four years have been pretty successful for Governor Richardson as he's handled some of the bigger problems in the state. Now it's time to take care of the smaller ones.

Dad Is For Richardson

I can't take complete credit for this, but I'm sure that reading this blog and conversations I've had with him have stirred my dad to take a look at Governor Richardson for President. And today he's posted on his blog, in response to someone he knows going to work for John Edwards, that he's supporting Richardson.

That's one convert and a bunch more for us to go after here in Washington.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

I'm Not The Only One Saying It

A Rational Animal says it very well too:

I’m always amazed at the level of venom directed at Richardson, as well as the talking heads’ insistence on urging him to stay out of the Presidential race. Consider: The U.S.’s standing around the world is at an all-time low, and domestic policy expertise is clearly insufficient for any 2008 candidate. Of all the putative candidates out there, Richardson is the only one with real, hard-edged, reality-based experience in international diplomacy. And however much the locals may complain about his demeanor, he’s damn good at it - yesterday’s front page led with the fact that he’s now being recruited for the Darfur peace effort. [emphasis mine]

One thing is clear. Someone is going to have to clean up all of the foreign policy debacles George W. Bush has created. Only Bill Richardson has the experience necessary for the United States to regain the respect and admiration of the world community.

Draft Richardson in Nevada

Yesterday, The Hotline published this press release and was inquiring about what it might mean. Today we have the answer.

From: Draft Richardson Nevada [mailto:draft.richardson.nevada@gmail.com]Sent: Thu 12/21/2006 8:00 AMTo: draft.richardson.nevada@gmail.comSubject: RELEASE: NEVADANS CALL FOR RICHARDSON CANDIDACY

NEVADANS CALL FOR RICHARDSON CANDIDACY
Form "Draft Richardson Committee"

Las Vegas, NV— Seventy prominent Nevadans called on New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson today to seek the Presidency in 2008. "Nevada will be a lynch-pin in the Democratic Presidential nomination process in 2008 and many Nevadans believe Bill Richardson is the best choice to lead our party", stated "Draft Committee" Chairman Reynaldo Martinez, a resident of Incline Village, and former chief of staff to U.S. Senator Harry Reid. Earlier this year the Democratic National Committee (DNC) designated Nevada to be the second state to hold a nomination contest on January 19, 2008 following Iowa (caucus) January 14 and before New Hampshire (primary) January 22, and South Carolina (primary) January 29. Nevada will be a "caucus" state and the State Democratic Party will sponsor and organize the state-wide event. Martinez added, "Bill Richardson is the Favorite-Son of the West, and the West beginning with Nevada can lead the Democrats to the White House in 2008."

Joining Martinez as Co-Chairs of the "Draft Committee" are Hannah Irsfeld of Las Vegas, Judge John F. Mendoza of Las Vegas and Robert McGowan of Reno. Other notable Nevadans calling for Richardson to run include; Carlos Blumberg (Las Vegas), Jeff Taguchi (Las Vegas), John Henry Brebbia (Las Vegas), Dr. R.D. Prabhu (Las Vegas), Horacio Lopez (Las Vegas), Vicki Hulbert (N. Las Vegas), Lee Wastell (Las Vegas), Don Ellis (Henderson), Kim Ellis (Henderson), Eva Garcia (Las Vegas), John Medina (N. Las Vegas), Jose G. Troncoso (Las Vegas), Holly Johnson Troncoso (Las Vegas), Robert Agonia (Las Vegas), Larry Mason (Las Vegas), Marcelo Napoli (Las Vegas), Dr. Rene Cantu (Henderson), Dr. Letitia Medina Worth (Las Vegas), Dr. Lata Shete (Las Vegas), George T. Lopez (Las Vegas), Michael Pariente (Las Vegas), Sandy Ellis (Henderson), Bob Ellis (Henderson), Curtis Anderson (Las Vegas), Dr. Agustin Orci (Las Vegas), Alejandro Alverez (Las Vegas), Sylvia Lazos (Las Vegas), Pat Hodges (Las Vegas), Gloria Martinez Ferree (Henderson), Hugh Ferree (Las Vegas), Mary Geidlel (Las Vegas), Xavier Rivas (Las Vegas), Ismael and Monica Sanchez (Las Vegas), Linda Smith (Las Vegas), Troy Wade (Las Vegas), Fernando Romero (Las Vegas), Earl and Susan Greene (Las Vegas), James E. Rogers (Las Vegas), Harlane and Racquel Sumida (Henderson), Maria Sefchick (Reno), Marino De La Rosa (Reno), Geralda Miller (Reno), Rosemary Flores (Henderson), Vito De La Cruz (Reno), Gus Ramos (Las Vegas), Dr. Raquel Casas (Las Vegas), Lonnie Feemster (Sparks), Luisa Mendoza (Las Vegas), Mario Castro (Las Vegas), Miguel Castro (Las Vegas), Javier Trujillo (Las Vegas), Michael Reed (Reno), Theresa Navarro (Reno), Sherri Overstreet (Reno), Chris and Julie Wedge (Reno), Frederico Bannelos (Carson City), Rita McGeary (Reno), Luis and Emma Guzman (Sparks), Steve Heslop (Sparks), William Thorton (Reno), and Diane Sauer Martinez (Incline Village). The group includes African Americans, Hispanics, Asian Americans, significant Democratic Party activists and environmentalists.

We look forward to working with our friends and neighbors in Nevada to pursue our common goal of electing Governor Richardson as the next President of the United States.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Photo of Governor Richardson Doing Retail Politics in NH

Thanks to '08 New Hampshire's Primary blog, and a primary photo pool that's been set up on Flickr, here is a photo of Governor Richardson meeting the folks in New Hampshire last weekend.



Update: New Hampshire State Senator Molly Kelly has some additional photos of Governor Richardson in New Hampshire, which can be found here.

New Richardson Blog Makes Its Debut

Our friend and collaborator at Western Democrat, Landon Mascareñaz has launched a new Richardson blog, The Richardson Solution. In his own words, here's how he describes the blog.
The Richardson Solution will be a policy clearinghouse for the Governor - past, present and future. Since our candidate is the only true solution-oriented candidate our there, it will feature old articles about what the Governor has done here in New Mexico, as Energy Secretary and as Ambassador to the United Nations. It will feature current articles about the Governor's current working in New Mexico and the New Progressive plans for the future.
Landon's blog will be a valuable resource in the upcoming primary season, especially when the haters start saying that Bill Richardson may look good on paper, but question whether he's accomplished anything.

We will link to Landon when it's appropriate, but highly encourage you to check out The Richardson Solution.

How Richardson Picks Up the Swing Vote

Jonathan Martin of National Review has a well-written, if stereotypical piece about Governor Richardson online. I say stereotypical because one of the negatives he presents is that Governor Richardson may be too much like President Clinton, without really giving any specifics. It's a cheap trick designed to raise doubt in the reader's mind

What caught my eye, however, is one reason why voters in swing states and Independent voters should take a look at Bill Richardson for President.
Richardson also embraces the politics of the west. He’s pro-gun (one of only
four Democratic governors to win the NRA’s endorsement in his reelection bid
this year), has cut taxes, and most importantly has been supportive of business
while also protecting the land. Such policies have brought ranchers and hunters
into the fold, many of them Republicans and conservative-leaning independents,
and helped him garner 68 percent of the vote in his reelection bid this year.

Bill Richardson cannot be painted as a "tax and spend liberal". He's not going to take your guns away, especially if you're a responsible gun owner. He's not going to kill your business. Governor Richardson is a pragmatic individual who works to balance the interests of all sides and find common sense solutions.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Governor Richardson Reports Positive Meeting With North Koreans

Apologies for just getting this up on the blog, but I've had no internet connection since Thursday and was without power from Thursday night to late Sunday afternoon.

Governor Richardson reported a positive meeting
with the North Korean delegation dispatched to Santa Fe in advance of the 6 party talks.
“My discussion with Minister Kim and Secretary Song was positive and productive and I am cautiously optimistic that there is the chance for good progress when the six-party talks resume on Monday,” said Governor Richardson. “I urged the North Koreans to take some action, such as allowing IAEA inspectors to return and shutting down their reactor, to show they are serious about solving the crisis on the Korean Peninsula.”

“As usual, the Governor has provided wise counsel regarding the steps that can be taken by the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) and the USA for better bi-national relations and the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and bringing peace and stability to the region,” said Minister Kim.
Isn't it amazing what a little talking can do? Instead of name-calling and threats, Governor Richardson, Mininster Kim and Secretary Song engaged in respectful and civil discourse. The Bush Administration has much to learn from Governor Richardson.

Richardson's Busy Week

Here is a great diary from Daily Kos about Governor Richardson's busy week. Last week he met with North Korean envoys, traveled to New Hampshire, was invited to the Sudan to help with the Darfur crisis, and called John McCain out for wanting to escalate the war in Iraq. Not a bad week's work.

ABQ Tribune Mentions Emmett/America for Richardson

Emmett O'Connell, co-founder and sometimes contributor on this blog (he's my partner in crime on a number of blog projects), was mentioned by the ABQ Tribune in this article.

Some Richardson supporters already have started a support Web site, www.americansforrichardson.org.

One of the founders, Emmett O'Connell, a blogger from Olympia, Wash., said Richardson met with most of the top bloggers from that area last summer when he was in town to address a meeting of trial lawyers. Another founder of the Web site, lawyer Ken Bulko from Albany, N.Y., said Richardson is the complete package. "I think he's got the resume to be a great candidate and a great president."

"More than that," added Bulko, "he's a real guy. He's a regular person. He relates well to people. He's funny. He's got charisma."

Emmett and Ken collaborate over at America for Richardson.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Richardson to McCain: "You're Wrong"

Senator John McCain of Arizona thinks that the way to win in Iraq is for the U.S. to send more troops and leave a trail of blood (ours and theirs) as we roll through the country. This morning in New Hampshire, Governor Richardson took the opportunity to let Senator McCain know that he's wrong.
“The leading advocate for escalating the war is Senator John McCain. I have served with John in Congress and I respect him. But John McCain is wrong, dead wrong to think that we can solve Iraq’s political crisis through military escalation.”

“There are no quick or easy answers to the crisis in Iraq. Our choices are between bad options and worse ones. Some prefer military escalation. Some choose staying the course. These options are illusions. The only realistic choice we have is to stand down militarily and let the Iraqis stand up and face the political crisis which only they can resolve.”

“I’ve been to Iraq and Afghanistan. I worked in this region...we should harbor no illusions. This withdrawal will not be pretty. People will die. But fewer will die than if we stay. There are no guarantees that our departure will end the civil war, but it is sure to continue so long as we stay. The Iraqis might, or might not, resolve their political crisis. It is up to them. They distrust and fear one another, and this makes it very tough. But they share one goal – they don’t want to destroy their own country. To save it, they need to stop killing each other and start compromising. And we need to get out of the way.”

What Senator McCain is doing is pandering to the neo-cons and religious right, in order to position himself to be the Republican nominee for President. Bill Richardson, on the other hand, has called for a new realism in American foreign policy, recognizing that staying the course or escalating the war is only going to result in more deaths on all sides and continued violence. John McCain prefers political expedience over real solutions. Bill Richardson's new realism calls for doing what is right for America.

Bye Bye Bayh

Senator Evan Bayh of Indiana has announced today that he will not be running for President in 2008.

"As you know I have been exploring helping the people of my state and our country in a different capacity," he wrote. "After talking with family and friends over the past several days, I have decided that this is not the year for me to run for President and I will not be a candidate for the presidency in 2008."

It wasn't an easy decision but it was the right one for my family, my friends and my state. I have always prided myself on putting my public responsibilities ahead of my own ambitions."

He conceded the odds were against him, describing himself as a "relatively unknown candidate."

"This path -- and these long odds -- would have required me to be essentially absent from the Senate for the next year instead of working to help the people of my state and the nation," he said in the statement.

The absence of Evan Bayh in the race means that Bill Richardson is now the only potential candidate who is a Governor. And we all know how well Senators have done over the last 40 years of Presidential contests. None of them have experience in the Executive branch, and certainly don't have the resume that Richardson has.

Bayh's decision not to run also means that if you think Hillary is too liberal, and Obama is too green (and he will likely be painted with the liberal label as well), the only reasonable alternative is Bill Richardson.

Editor's note: Apologies to NSync and all of the readers of this blog for the title, but I couldn't resist.

Memo to Haters: Richardson is Not A DLC Hack

The godfather (or blogfather) of all progressive/liberal/Democratic bloggers, Markos Moulitsas Zuniga, proclaimed the following this morning, in reference to Evan Bayh dropping out of the race for President.
His exit would make Vilsack and Clinton the last two DLCers in
the race. [emphasis mine]

Memo to all the Bill Richardson haters out there who call him a DLC hack: One of the most respected bloggers out there just said it isn't so. And the truth is, he's right.

Friday, December 15, 2006

Governor Richardson Meets With North Koreans

Today, Governor Richardson is meeting with a North Korean delegation regarding upcoming six party talks about the North Korean nuclear program.

So when you're visiting the United States and your country has been called a part of the "axis of evil" by the current Administration, and you've been subjected to its cowboy diplomacy, who do you call on? In the case of the North Koreans, they call on Bill Richardson.

If you don't know the history, it was Bill Richardson who brought the North Koreans back to the table because of his personal relationship with them. It's an example of how personal relationships, respect and diplomacy can work to bring people to the table to forge agreements. The Bush Administration prefers the blowhard approach, spewing endless rhetoric and threats to try to gain capitulation from those it deems its enemies. You can easily see who gets the better results, and why Governor Richardson needs to be our next President.

Here is a picture of Governor Richardson with the North Korean delegation in Santa Fe today.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Another update on the Governor's NH Plans This Weekend

From the Nashua Telegraph's blog:
He's got a staggering, 14 campaign stops over two days Saturday and Sunday including kissing the rings of key Democrats with sitdown sessions, Gov. John
Lynch, longtime activist and ex-State Senator Mary Louise Hancock. He'll be at
the Pine Street Eatery in Nashua at 9 Sunday and the Puritan Back Room
Restaurant in Manchester at noon the next day.

Richardson is not shy about putting the arm on Democrats to try and get them to endorse his potential bid. An interesting attendee at one Manchester house party late Sunday is Arthur Soucy, the father of new State Senate Chief of Staff Donna Soucy.
And here's a further update (hat tip to Cara):

The Governor’s public schedule is as follows:

December 16, 2006

11:00am – 11:40am:
Speech to the New Hampshire Democratic Party State Committee
St. Anselm College New Hampshire Institute of Politics
100 Saint Anselm Drive, Manchester, NH 03102

2:20pm – 2:45pm:
Meeting with State Representative Gil Shattuck
Central Square Emporium
5 West Main Street, Hillsborough, NH 03244

3:30pm – 4:30pm
House party for Senator Molly Kelly
111 Vessel Rock Road, Gilsum, NH 03448

December 17, 2006
2pm – 3pm
House party for State Representative Eileen Ehlers
14 Ardon Drive, Hooksett, NH 03106

Sounds like Governor Richardson will be very busy this weekend. It should be noted that Governor Richardson is traveling to New Hampshire at the invitation of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, and some newly-elected members of the state Legislature.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

BR to Visit South Carolina in Mid-January

According to Electapres.com, Governor Richardson will be in South Carolina on January 13 as the keynote speaker at the state Democratic Party's annual Governors' Appreciation Dinner honoring former governors of South Carolina.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will be the keynote speaker at the South Carolina Democratic Party's annual Governors' Appreciation Dinner honoring South Carolina's former Democratic governors. The event will be Saturday, January 13, 2007, at the Embassy Suites in Greenville.

Governors' Appreciation Dinner
Embassy Suites
670 Verdae Blvd.
Greenville, SC 29607

Saturday, January 13, 2007
6:30 PM - VIP Reception
7:00 PM - Main Event

Call 1-800-841-1817 or email jrison@scdp.org for tickets or more information.
I hope our friends at South Carolina for Richardson will attend and blog the event.

Another Warm Welcome

I'd like to welcome Ohio for Richardson to the "for Richardson" family of blogs. You'll find the link in the blogroll on the right.

Update on Governor Richardson's New Hampshire Trip

Governor Richardson will be in New Hampshire over the weekend, and the trip isn't because of the best Mexican food in New England. And trust me, the food and atmosphere is great, I've been there.

Nolefan over at America for Richardson has posted an update (an update to what I posted a few days ago) on what Governor Richardson will be doing in New Hampshire on December 16.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a likely Democratic candidate for President, will be the special guest at the New Hampshire Democratic State Committee annual winter meeting on Saturday at St. Anselm College in Goffstown, the party says. The meeting will begin at 10:30 a.m.Richardson will have additional stops on his schedule for Saturday and Sunday, but they are still being formulated, local campaign adviser Richard Bouley said.
As with anyone else visiting New Hampshire this time of year, Governor Richardson is generating good will among the party faithful in the event he does run.

Richardson to Meet With North Korean Delegation

As a signal of the trust and respect Bill Richardson has earned during his visits with North Korean officials, Kim Jong-Il is sending two envoys to Santa Fe to meet with Governor Richardson about the upcoming six-party talks regarding North Korea's nuclear weapons program. Richardson has long recognized that failure to engage with North Korea is not an option, and clearly the North Koreans respect his brand of diplomacy more than the Bush Administration's brand.
“While I will not be acting as an official representative of the administration, I am pleased to do whatever I can to help increase understanding between our two countries and help move the 6-party talks forward,” said Governor Richardson. “I believe we have an opportunity to use diplomacy to end this crisis and bring stability to the Korean Peninsula. I will press the North Koreans to start dismantling their nuclear weapons.”

[...]

Governor Richardson has dealt extensively with North Korea during his tenure as US Congressman, US Ambassador to the United Nations, and Energy Secretary. He has traveled to North Korea five times, most recently last October. This will be the second North Korean delegation to travel to Santa Fe to meet with Governor Richardson. The first visit took place shortly after he took office in January, 2003.
It speaks volumes that the North Koreans don't want to have contact with someone at the State Department or a senior official of the Bush Administration. When it comes to foreign policy, Bill Richardson is listened to and respected in the international community, unlike President Bush and his neo-con lackeys. They're incompetent, they're schoolyard bullies, and they don't get the job done. So it's time to get the children out of the White House and let the man (Richardson) do what he does best.

Update: Emmett has a fine diary posted over at Daily Kos.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Richardson "Support" From the Right

It might not be support, per se, but Amy Proctor knows a highly-qualified Democratic presidential nominee when she sees one.

Richardson is easily the most qualified of the democrats in the field. He has served as a Governor of a border state, has extensive foreign policy experience as Ambassador to the United Nations in the Clinton administration, and has served in many high-level federal positions including a tour as a Cabinet member as Secretary of Energy.

Richardson is also Hispanic, and can potentially attract the burgeoning Latin/Hispanic vote.

Richardson presents far more problems for the Republican Party than either Senator Hillary Clinton or Barak Obama, democrat Senator for Illinois.

[...]

However, if the democrats succeed in nominating Richardson, he is almost certain to become the 44th President of the United States. [emphasis mine]

And who is Amy Proctor, you ask? Check out her bio from her blog.
Amy Proctor is a 39 year old Christian Republican woman born and raised in northeastern USA. She married her husband in 1988 and they have 4 wonderful children.

[...]

Amy and her family are devout Catholics. They are very involved in ministry in the Church and also support the Christian Churches in Iraq. Amy & Johnny have raised nearly $15,000+ for the Church in Iraq through designated offerings at Ft. Bragg, NC and Ft. Campbell, KY and other means. They also assist the Church in Iraq through charitable giving from private donors.

[...]

Amy counterprotests weekly at anti-war vigils and events, supporting the war on terror and standing against the anti-war movement. She (and other Army wives) have counterprotested so-called Peace Groups at a Cindy Sheehan event, outside of Veterans Hospitals and military posts.
She's not your typical supporter of Democrats, but if people like Amy can recognize that Bill Richardson has all of the qualities necessary to become President of the United States, then he should be able to pick up a significant amount of the Independent and swing vote in a general election. We last saw that when Governor Richardson picked up almost 69% of the vote in his re-election in November. Maybe Amy can start a "Conservatives for Richardson" blog.

Richardson's Niche in 2008

Political Insider reports that Governor Richardson may have found his niche in the crowded Democratic field for 2008:
Seeking a niche in the Democratic presidential field, New Mexico Gov. Bill
Richardson will draw on his experience as US Energy Secretary and as a diplomat
and make energy independence his campaign theme. Richardson said last week that
energy security "is the top issue in the presidential race," and he will not be
alone in trying to claim the issue.
Take a look at what Richardson has been up to in New Mexico. Here is another thing he's doing in New Mexico. And here is another accomplishment.

Bill Richardson may not be alone in trying to claim the issue, but as with foreign policy experience, no potential Democratic nominee has the experience or gravitas on energy issues to match Bill Richardson.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Governor Richardson on NH Primary

With Governor Richardson visiting Keene, NH on December 16, I thought it appropriate to remind people of what Governor Richardson has said about the New Hampshire primary. Watch the video:

Friday, December 08, 2006

Text of Governor Richardson's Address on Immigration and Border Security

Here is the text of Governor Richardson's address on boder security and immigration, that he gave yesterday at Georgetown University.

Hat tip to Cara for posting it.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Fox News Gets it Wrong Again

Just a short time ago, the Fox News noise machine incorrectly ran with a story (something they frequently do) saying that Governor Richardson has confirmed that he will be running for President in 2008. (And I hate linking to those guys over at Faux News)

Just 15 minutes ago, Governor Richardson was on CNN's Situation Room and said the same thing he's been saying all along: He will make his decision on whether or not to run for President in January. I'll post a transcript as soon as it is available.

Updates will be posted when they're available, but this is clearly another one of Fox News' "fair and balanced" stories.

Update: The ABQ Tribune has a denial of the Fox News story from Governor Richardson's office.

Update #2:
Quoting from the press release sent out by Governor Richardson's office:

For immediate release


Governor Bill Richardson’s Office Corrects Fox News Report


SANTA FE – New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson’s Office released the following statement in response to an erroneous report by FOX News:

“FOX News incorrectly reported that Governor Richardson has announced he will run for president,” said Gilbert Gallegos, a spokesman for the Governor. “When asked directly whether he will run for president, Governor Richardson said he will make a final decision in January.

“Other comments from the interview were taken out of context based on a hypothetical question that FOX News posed about the Governor’s strengths should he run for president.”

Update #3: Landon Mascareñaz over at Western Democrat posted on this story as another shameful example of how Faux News operates.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Richardson Speaks Out Against Border Wall Again

After meeting with Mexican officials in Washington, D.C. today, Governor Richardson reiterated his opposition to building a fence on the U.S./Mexico border.

"The fence is very unpopular on the border in Texas and New Mexico, in Chihuahua," Richardson, a Democrat, said after meeting Wednesday with leaders from the Mexican state of Chihuahua. "So one of the most significant and constructive acts the U.S. Congress should take is to get rid of it."

Richardson said he will call on Congress not to build the fence during an address Thursday. He also will press lawmakers to approve a bill that secures the border and provides a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.


How is it that Ronald Reagan could implore Mr. Gorbachev to "tear down this wall" in the 1980's, yet the same Republicans who hold Reagan up as a God-like figure can propose building a wall on our own border?

Bill Richardson has been absolutely right on immigration since dayplan to provide a path to citizenship for those immigrants who are living and working in our country.

While Republicans would rip families apart and try to militarize the border, Governor Richardson provides viable options for Mexican families who moved here hoping for a job and a better life (something we all dream of), for businesses and farms that rely on the immigrant labor force and his plan secures our borders from dangerous criminals such as drug dealers, terrorists and human traffickers. It's the only sensible plan.

Governor Richardson Speaking at Georgetown University Tomorrow

If you're in the Washington, D.C. area, here is an opportunity to see and hear Governor Richardson.

Governor Bill Richardson will deliver a major address on immigration and border control at 11:45 a.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2006 in Gaston Hall (3rd floor, Healy Hall) at Georgetown University. Following the speech, Governor Richardson will take questions from the Georgetown community.

Update from the comment thread: Please rsvp here.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Richardson to Visit NH on December 16

According to newhampshire08.com, Governor Richardson will be visiting Keene, NH on December 16. It will be his 5th visit to New Hampshire. No word yet on what the Governor will be doing while he is there. I'll post details when they become available.

Hat tip to Brian at New Hampshire Presidential Watch.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

The 2008 Money Race

Cross-posted at Daily Kos.

For those who have questioned Governor Bill Richardson's ability to raise money for a Presidential campaign, perhaps they should look at two of his potential rivals who have debts to pay off from previous Presidential campaigns.

Democrats John Edwards and Wesley Clark have debts of several hundred thousand dollars from their unsuccessful White House bids in 2004, a burden as they consider presidential runs in 2008.

Edwards, the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee, had about $2,200 in his campaign account at the end of September and more than $300,000 in unpaid bills from his failed campaign for his party's nomination.

Clark, who has said he will decide in the next few months whether to run again, had about $390,000 left from the last campaign and debts totaling more than $260,000.


So John Edwards and Wes Clark both have debts left unpaid from 2004. If you and I owed that kind of money to vendors or creditors, we'd have collection agencies contacting us and be subject to legal actions. For Presidential campaigns, however, this is the norm. I have no doubt that Edwards and Clark can raise that money to retire the debt. The problem is, they don't have to.

According to the Federal Election Commission, candidates are not obligated to pay off debts from a past presidential campaign before starting a new one.

In the case of Edwards and Clark, their 2004 committees will stay open until the debts are retired, but the men are free to begin fundraising for 2008.

Federal law does prohibit them from rolling whatever is left in their 2004 accounts into a 2008 campaign until outstanding bills are paid.


They may not be required to pay their debts, but at the very least both John Edwards and Wes Clark should pay off their debts from 2004 before deciding to go into debt again. It's the right thing to do. Otherwise, Edwards and Clark have no credibility when they talk about being fiscally responsible or retiring the national debt.

So people like Kos can worry about Bill Richardson's ability to raise money, but Richardson has a proven track record of being fiscally responsible as the Governor of New Mexico and he's not in debt and trying to run a Presidential campaign.