Friday, January 19, 2007

AP: Richardson is Running

According to this diary at Daily Kos, using the Associated Press as a source, Governor Richardson is going to throw his hat into the ring for the Presidency. I've also heard that NPR also has run this report.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson intends to take the initial step toward the Democratic nomination, hoping his extensive resume will fuel a campaign to become the first Hispanic president.

Richardson plans to announce Sunday that he will soon file the papers to create a presidential exploratory committee, several officials with knowledge of his plans said Friday. The governor is scheduled to appear on ABC's "This Week."
And Heath Haussamen, one of our better sources of information inside New Mexico is also on the spot with his report.
Richardson is scheduled to appear on This Week with George Stephanopoulos on Sunday morning, and will likely make the announcement there. According to the show’s Web site, he plans to discuss whether he’ll run and how he can “combat the star power of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.”


Update, 4:20 p.m.

Richardson spokesman Gilbert Gallegos made this statement:

“The governor will announce his intentions before the end of the month, and we have no further comment beyond that.”

So there is no official word yet, but several media sources are confirming that Governor Richardson is running.

Markos Moulitsas of Daily Kos, also had this to say about Governor Richardson today:

Bill Richardson

I'm eager for a serious Latino candidate. It's time my people rose to the top of the political heap. He's bilingual. I dig his resume. Rather than talk about Darfur, he got his ass over there and brokered a cease fire, and that's on top of high-profile diplomatic missions all over the world, including places like North Korea. His resume is the strongest of any of the candidates. He had a strong reign at the top of the Democratic Governor's Association last year.


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