Richardson on CNN's The Situation Room
Governor Richardson was interviewed by Wolf Blitzer on CNN's The Situation Room today, leading off with his thoughts on President Bush's escalation of his personal war in Iraq and his views on the Iraqi government, then discussing his recent trip to Sudan, and finishing off with questions about a potential run for the Presidency.
Once again, Governor Richardson reiterated his support for a phased withdrawal in Iraq and engagement of Iraq's neighbors to bring a political solution to the country.
But first let's start withMemo to the right-wing haters, who wouldn't recognize diplomacy and effective foreign policy if it walked up and introduced itself: This is what leadership looks like. Richardson in 2008.
, Governor. Iraq
Are you in favor of using the power of the purse that Congress has to try to stop this war?
GOV. BILL RICHARDSON (D),
: Yes. I believe because the president has not listened to the Congress, he hasn't listened to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group and to the American people, that overwhelmingly want a change of course, I believe that's the function of the Congress, to deal with the appropriations process, find ways to at least this surge, to deny the funds to make it happen, because this is going to add to sectarian violence. NEW MEXICO
I would support a phased withdrawal, tie it to a political solution. There is no military solution. I would also organize a regional conference to get other states to help with the security and civil administration. I would talk to
Iranand to try to get the situation to at least a stable level. Syria
I just believe that this is an ultimate decision by the Congress. But since the president doesn't listen, he's off in, I think, his own bubble. Unfortunately, that's the course I believe the Congress needs to take.
BLITZER: What do you say to those who would then come back and say you know what, you're going to undermine the
U.S.fighting men and women in by denying them the bullets, the military equipment they need, by cutting off funds? Iraq : Well, I would say that you don't cut off the military equipment. You don't cut off the armor or their weapons. But you basically say to the 20,000 surge of troops that it can't happen without an adequate explanation and that it shouldn't happen because the American people don't believe this is the right course of action. RICHARDSON
Again, Wolf, I do believe that what is important is to redeploy those troops that are in
. Use them in Iraq , where al Qaeda and the Taliban are getting stronger. Use them against the fight on international terrorism. Use them to deal with nuclear proliferation and a loose nuclear weapon on the black market. Afghanistan
Use it for our ports. Use it for our subways. Use it in homeland security protection in this country.