Friday, March 30, 2007

Light posting

As I saw written on another blog: This blog is on spring break.

Don't expect any posting over the weekend unless something big happens.

Turn Up The Heat, Then Blow The Roof Off The Place

It's now crunch time and Govenor Richardson is $9890 short of his goal. The first quarter of fundraising comes to an end tomorrow, so please find a way to contribute whatever you can to Governor Richardson. Click on the chile above to make your donation.

Good fundraising numbers, early in any race lend legitimacy to the candidate and help draw big donors to campaigns. While large donations are nice, large lists of small donors work equallt as well. You don't need to donate a lot, just donate what you can.

So here's my challenge to the Richardson netroots: Let's turn up the heat and get Bill Richardson to $500,000 before tomorrow. And then let's blow the roof off the place, set the bar even higher and raise as much over $500,000 as we can. And don't forget to ask your friends and family to help Bill Richardson meet his goal, so we can meet our goal of electing him President.

Richardson and Democracy for America

Note: Emmett posted this over at America for Richardson earlier today.

Democracy for America is posting the responses of Presidential candidates to the question of where they stand on Iraq. Here is Richardson's response.





Richardson also gives props to one of the best state level DFA groups, Democracy for New Mexico and their work with him on paper ballots.

Thursday, March 29, 2007

Chris Dodd Endorses Bill Richardson

In a recent interview with CNN, Chris Dodd seemingly endorsed Bill Richardson's candidacy for President.
"At times like these, I think we need an American president who is ready to lead from day one," said Dodd, "who has shown that he not only knows how to make tough fights but he can also end them. And after six years of this administration, the last thing we need is four years of on the job training."
That sure sounds to me like a description of the honorable Governor from New Mexico.

And Chris Dodd would make a fine Vice President.

Richardson on The Daily Show

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Richardson Renews Call for New Realism in American Foreign Policy

Earlier today Governor Richardson visited the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C. and repeated his call for a New Realism in American foreign policy.

And what is New Realism you ask? Here's the Governor in his own words:
You may have heard me speak elsewhere about the need for what I call a "New Realism" in American foreign policy. By this I mean that we need to wake up and see that the greatest threats we face today, from global warming to terrorism, do not face only us - and that this means that unilateral action usually will not work. To defend ourselves in the 21st century, we may occasionally need to act alone, but usually we must work with others. Building and leading strong international coalitions should be our first thought when we face common challenges -- not an afterthought when our unilateral course has failed.

A New Realism for the 21st century also understands that many threats today come not from states, but rather from societies, including our own society. Not from armies massing or nation states targeting us with missiles, but rather from complex social trends - such as our own consumption of fossil fuels. Not so much from hostile states as from hostile individuals, empowered by their willingness to kill and die for fanatical beliefs.

Of course, we must rebuild our military and be prepared to use it when we must -- but we also must reject the unilateralist illusions of recent years. Our remarkable military power gives us the ability to lead. But others follow us not because we intimidate them with the argument of our power, but because we inspire them with the power of our arguments.
Go read the text of the entire speech here.

Bill Richardson Beats Hillary - Who's the Front-Runner Now




You did it again!!! You helped deliver victory to Governor Richardson over Hillary Clinton in Round 2 of Presidential March Madness. Now Bill Richardson has danced his way into the Democratic finals against Barack Obama.

But our work is not finished yet. Governor Richardson needs your support in order to continue his winning ways. So go to Presidential March Madness now and vote for him one more time.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Time Is Running Out, Vote for Richardson Now



Thanks to you Governor Richardson beat Al Gore in the first round, but if he's going to continue dancing, we need to support him in Round 2 against Hillary Clinton.

Time is running out to vote for Governor Richardson. Polls close at midnight Mountain time. Visit Presidential March Madness and vote now, and tell your friends to vote for Bill Richardson for President.

Campaign Schedule March 27-28

From Bill Richardson for President, here is Governor Richardson's campaign schedule for the next couple of days:

ALL TIMES EDT

Tuesday, March 27

WHEN: All day
WHAT: Fundraising and other closed campaign events
WHERE: New York City and Philadelphia, PA

Wednesday, March 28

WHEN: 7:45 a.m.
WHAT: Major speech at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies
WHERE: Johns Hopkins University Nitze Building, 1740 Massachusetts Ave., Washington, DC

WHEN: 9:00 a.m.
WHAT: Speech to the Legislative Conference Presidential Forum of the Building and Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
WHERE: Washington Hilton Ballroom, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC

WHEN: Afternoon
WHAT: Fundraising and other closed campaign events
WHERE: Boston, MA

WHEN: Approximately 5:00 p.m.
WHAT: Live Appearance on the MSNBC program “Hardball”
WHERE: New York City

WHEN: Approximately 6:00 p.m.
WHAT: Live appearance on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart
WHERE: New York City

Monday, March 26, 2007

Richardson Keynote Speaker at Human Rights Campaign Gala

This past Saturday, Governor Richardson was in Los Angeles, my hometown, to be the keynote speaker at the Human Rights Campaign's annual gala.

Gay South Florida has the details
:
New Mexico Governor and 2008 presidential candidate Bill Richardson pledged his support for equal domestic partnership rights, fighting HIV/AIDS internationally and repealing the military's anti-gay "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy as keynote speaker at the annual Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles Gala Dinner on Saturday.

'This country is tired of the politics of hatred and division. What we need in this country is someone that can bring us together," said Gov. Richardson. "Gay and lesbian families deserve respect. What we don't need are constitutional amendments designed to exclude supportive, devoted couples. We need to extend the rights due to all of us as Americans."
Human Rights Campaign has a transcript of the speech here. But you can watch the video here, courtesy of HRC:

Richardson to Appear on Daily Show

This Wednesday at 11pm ET/PT, Governor Richardson will be a guest on Jon Stewart's Daily Show.

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson will be a guest on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on Wednesday, March 28 at 11:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Governor Richardson previously appeared as a guest on "The Daily Show" on during its coverage of the 2004 Democratic National Convention in Boston. The paperback version of his autobiography, Between Worlds: The Making of an American Life (Plume Books; Trade Paperback), was released on March 16.

[...]

As part of "The Daily Show's" ongoing "Indecision 2008" coverage of the next presidential election, the show has already featured appearances by Democratic candidates Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd and former Governor Tom Vilsack as well as former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee who is seeking the Republican nomination.

Tune in on Wednesday night, and if you miss it, we'll try to bring you the video here at WFR.

Turn Up the Heat




The end of the Quarter 1 fundraising period is just 5 days away, and Governor Richardson needs your help in order to meet his goal of raising $500,000 by Saturday.

This Saturday is our first major test – our first end-of-quarter fundraising deadline is midnight March 31. The pundits will use the number we report to measure our campaign’s commitment to long-term success. We need to send a clear message that we won’t back down and have resources for the long haul.

Help us send a message that we’re ready to go the distance – contribute before the deadline and help us meet our goal of $500,000 by Saturday.

As of right now, Governor Richardson is about $38,000 shy of his goal. Let's put him over the top. So please send in as generous a donation as you can right now. Every little bit helps.

Please also consider e-mailing 5 friends about why you think Governor Richardson should be the next President of the United States and ask them to contribute too.

MYDD Interview with Governor Richardson

Over the weekend, Jonathan Singer of MyDD had the chance to interview Governor Richardson in Las Vegas. Go give it a listen.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

SEIU/ CAP Health Care Forum Post-Mortem

It's Sunday and the wrap-ups are in from yesterday's SEIU/CAP Health Care Forum in Las Vegas, NV.

Las Vegas Review-Journal:

Richardson, speaking after Edwards, said attention should be focused on the need for more funding for cancer research.

Unlike Edwards, Richardson said he didn't think taxes would be needed to universalize health care. He proposed expanding programs already in place, such as the federal employees' health plan, Medicare, Medicaid, state children's health insurance programs and veterans' health programs, and requiring that everyone be covered.

Cutting health care costs and redirecting money being spent in Iraq to health care would pay for these changes, Richardson said.

And that wasn't the most ambitious proposal from Richardson: He said he'd get it all done in a single year.

"I believe with a Democratic president, a Democratic Congress, I believe this plan that I outlined, which is basically a plan that is taking new ideas into an existing framework, could be achieved my first year as president. I believe it's doable," he said.

New York Times (registration required):

Gov. Bill Richardson of New Mexico offered a potpourri of ideas to achieve universal coverage, including tax credits to help people buy insurance and an option to let people ages 55 to 64 buy coverage through Medicare.

To help pay for his proposals, Mr. Richardson said, he would “get out of Iraq” and redirect money from the military to health care.

[...]

Mr. Richardson said universal coverage “could be achieved in my first year as president,” if voters sent more Democrats to Congress.

As president, he said, he would duplicate the steps he has taken as governor, to “cut junk food out of schools” and to ban smoking in most workplaces, including bars, restaurants and stores.

The Washington Post:

Edwards was followed by Richardson, who for the first time offered details of his plan for universal coverage. As a governor who has made his record of cutting taxes in New Mexico part of his calling card as a candidate, Richardson said his plan would not require new revenue. "This is a plan that would not add bureaucracy," he said. "This is a plan that could be paid for without any new taxes."

Richardson said he would fund his proposal by ending the war in Iraq and shifting some of the billions being spent there to health care.

The Politico:

BILL RICHARDSON

The governor of New Mexico said, “We spend $2 trillion a year on health care and 31 percent of that is spent on bureaucracy and red tape. We must devise a strategy that, first of all, does not create any more bureaucracy.”

What is his plan?

All Americans should be able to purchase the same coverage as members of Congress and the president. Americans 55 and over should be able to purchase their coverage through Medicare. Veterans would have access to health care “anywhere they want, anytime they want.”

How much will it cost and how will he pay for it?

Richardson did not give a cost. As to paying for it, he said: “Get out of Iraq and put the $400 billion we are spending there into human needs. Reduce and eliminate inefficiencies (in the health care system). This is a plan that could be paid for without any new taxes."

When will we get it?

“With a Democratic president and a stronger Democratic Congress, the plan I outlined will be achieved in my first year as president.”

Most intriguing line:

“I just signed a statewide smoking ban in New Mexico (banning smoking in bars, restaurants, stores, and workplaces). I would do that as president.”


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Richardson Beats Gore


Bill Richardson beat Al Gore in the first round of Presidential March Madness.

Go Vote for him in Round 2 against Hillary Clinton. Vote today the polls are closing soon.

More From Las Vegas

Jonathan Singer at MyDD has some audio posted of Governor Richardson in Las Vegas. This isn't from the forum, but sounds like it's from last night's Culinary Workers Local 226 Contract Negotiation Rally that the Governor attended. Governor Richardson stands strongly with working families when it comes to the issues that matter to them most.

And thanks to Joaquin Guerra at Richardson for President, for posting on Governor Richardson's health care plan which he unveiled at this morning's SEIU/CAP health care forum. Here are some of the highlights (which I live-blogged earlier):

The Governor's health care plan guarantees that all Americans will have choices of high quality, affordable care by giving every American the choice to keep their current coverage or obtain coverage through an existing, well-established program.

Under Bill Richardson’s plan:

  • Working families and small businesses will be able to purchase coverage through the same plan that members of Congress enjoy.

  • Americans 55 and older will be able to purchase coverage through Medicare.

  • Richardson will consider a “trade” with the states. Medicare funds care for seniors and persons with disabilities in exchange for states expanding their Medicaid and State Child Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP) to cover children and families.
  • Veterans will get access to the high-quality care they deserve, when they need it, without bureaucratic hassles. Richardson’s plan will give every veteran returning from active duty a Heroes Health Card that provides them with a choice of providers wherever they live. No one who has served in our military should have to drive 100 miles to the nearest VA facility just to get care.

    SEIU Health Care Forum in Las Vegas today

    SEIU is hosting a health care forum for the Democratic Presidential candidates this morning. In fact it is just about to start. You can watch a live video stream here.

    Those who are scheduled to appear (in order of presentation) include: Senator John Edwards, Governor Bill Richardson, Senator Barack Obama, Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Christopher Dodd, Representative Dennis Kucinich, and Senator Mike Gravel.

    Update: The forum has begun and Center for American Progress President and CEO, John Podesta is welcoming people to the forum and talking about the need for affordable healthcare. He's just introduced Andy Stern, President of SEIU.

    Update 2: Since I didn't make it clear the first time, SEIU and the Center for American Progress are co-hosting this forum. All candidates, Demcratic and Republican were invited but only the 7 Democrats listed above decided to accept the invitation. Apparently, the Republicans don't like unions or the Center for American Progress, and they don't care if you have affordable health care. John Edwards is speaking now, Governor Richardson should be up next.

    Update 3: If you click on the link for the live video feed, you are also able to submit a question to any of the candidates, and quesions will be taken from those of us following on the internet. If you have a good question, now is your chance to ask it. Also, I couldn't get the video feed to work running Firefox, so I'm using IE instead.

    Edwards has concluded his opening statement and now is answering questions from the moderator and audience. I'm not going to blog what the other candidates say, only what Governor Richardson says.

    Update 4: Governor Richardson has just taken the stage, thanking SEIU and CAP, and offering his and Mrs. Richardson's best wishes to John and Elizabeth Edwards. He says we should spend and invest more in cancer research, and invest more in stem cell research. Richardson is talking about being a governor and having to deal with the challenges of health care directly.

    As President Richardson he says he would:

    1. All Americans and All businesses should be able to ourchase the coverage that the President and Congres get.

    2. Start a new initiative to allow all Americans 55 and older to get coverage through Medicare.

    3. In exhange for the states covering more kids and families through Medicaid, the federal government would take care of seniors through Medicare.

    4. Veterans - give vets the access to health care that they need, any time they want, anywhere. Would issue a "Heroes Health Card" to ensure they get the coverage they need.

    Costs: Cooperative plan between employer businesses, state and federal government. Refundable tax credit for those Americans who need assistance based on income. Clamp down on credit card companies who have excessive interest rates, would put a cap on those rates because a lot of Americans pay for their health care by credit card.

    Governor Richardson also talked about banning smoking in public places in New Mexico and getting rid of junk food in schools.

    He's now taking questions.

    Update 5: Question from David Slater in the audience, and he wants to know why the average American can't get the great health care that members of Congress, postal workers and other federal employees get?

    Governor Richardson called this the cornerstone of his plan and agreed.

    My question for Governor Richardson, submitted over the internet was asked, and it was how do you feel your experience as Governor of New Mexico has prepared you to take on the challenges of the rising cost of health care and achieve the goal of affordable health care coverage for all Americans?

    Governor Richardson listed a bunch of accomplishments in New Mexico:

    He has been able to insure all children under 5, and are working on insuring all working families.

    He has attacked health care prevention issues aggresively, and thinks more should be done on that front.

    He has instituted state-wide smoking ban in public places.

    He would give incentives to companies who give their workers time to exercise or the opportunity to build healthier lifestyle.

    Governor Richardson answered a couple more questions which I missed due to some e-mail coming in and trying to write up his answers to my question, so I'll try and post video here later. He's now left the stage.

    Friday, March 23, 2007

    Go Vote Now


    For some reason the folks at presidentialmarchmadness.com think Al Gore is running for President, and they've matched him up with Bill Richardson. Head on over and vote for Governor Richardson right now. There's no way he should be matched up against someone who isn't running.

    Thursday, March 22, 2007

    Best Wishes to Senator and Mrs. Edwards

    With the announcement today by Senator John Edwards and Elizabeth Edwards, that Mrs. Edwards' cancer has returned, we would like to offer our best wishes to them and their family as she goes through her treatment. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Edwards family and we hope for Mrs. Edwards' good health to return as soon as possible.

    Bill Richardson has also issued a statement.

    New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson today issued a statement regarding the announcement that Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer has returned:

    “Barbara and I send our thoughts and prayers to Elizabeth and John as they deal with this latest challenge. Elizabeth has been an inspiration and role model to all of us with her courageous and very public fight against breast cancer.

    I am hopeful and optimistic that Elizabeth will continue to win her fight. In the meantime, we should all redouble our commitment to supporting efforts to find a cure for breast cancer.”

    Wednesday, March 21, 2007

    Richardson Campaign Schedule March 21-24

    Here is the Governor's schedule for the next few days. From Bill Richardson for President:

    Wednesday, March 21

    WHEN: All day
    WHAT: Fundraising and other closed campaign events
    WHERE: Palm Desert and the Los Angeles area, CA

    Thursday, March 22

    WHEN: Morning
    WHAT:
    Fundraising and other closed campaign events
    WHERE:
    Los Angeles area, CA

    WHEN: Afternoon
    WHAT: Fundraising and other closed campaign events
    WHERE: Phoenix, AZ

    Friday, March 23
    Nevada Contact: Josh McNeil, Nevada Communications Director, (702) 385-2455


    WHEN: 7:00 p.m.
    WHAT: Culinary Workers Local 226 Contract Negotiation Rally
    WHERE: CWA Local 226, 1630 S. Commerce St., Las Vegas, NV
    Note: The Governor will hold a press availability in the press tent at approximately 7:30pm

    Saturday, March 24:

    WHEN: 9:00 a.m.
    WHAT: SEIU/CAPAF Presidential Candidates Forum
    WHERE: Cox Pavilion, 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Las Vegas, NV

    WHEN: 11:00 a.m.
    WHAT: Speech to the National Convention of the Stonewall Democrats
    WHERE: Riviera Hotel & Casino, 2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV

    WHEN:
    12:45 p.m.
    WHAT:
    Richardson for President Block Party
    WHERE:
    Richardson for President Headquarters, 515 S. 7th St., Las Vegas, NV

    WHEN:
    7:00 p.m.
    WHAT: Keynote address to the Human Rights Campaign Gala Dinner
    WHERE: Century Plaza Hotel, 2025 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA

    Monday, March 19, 2007

    Richardson Rising in Latest National Journal Democratic Cattle Call

    In the latest edition of the National Journal's 2008 rankings of Democratic Presidential candidates, Governor Richardson has risen.

    He's still everyone's favorite breakout candidate, and Republicans are beginning to notice that he has a near unblemished record on tax cuts in New Mexico.

    Q1 Fundraising Comes To An End

    We're less than two weeks away from the first big fundraising deadline. Quarter 1 of 2007 comes to a close on March 31, and we need to support Governor Richardson so he can have a strong showing.

    So please go visit Bill Richardson for President, and donate to his campaign if you're able to. Even if you can only spare $5, any amount helps.

    Saturday, March 17, 2007

    Medical Marijuana to be Legalized in New Mexico

    This is an excellent display of leadership by Bill Richardson.
    Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, poised to sign a bill making New Mexico the 12th state to legalize medical marijuana, said Thursday that he realizes his action could become an issue in the presidential race.

    "So what if it's risky? It's the right thing to do," said Richardson, one of the candidates in the crowded 2008 field. "What we're talking about is 160 people in deep pain. It only affects them." [emphasis mine]

    The legislation would create a program under which some patients -- with a doctor's recommendation -- could use marijuana provided by the state Health Department. Lawmakers approved the bill Wednesday. The governor is expected to sign it in the next few weeks.
    As humans we all know that it isn't always easy to do the right thing. Politicians are always caught between what is right and special interests. That Governor Richardson realizes that medical marijuana might be an issue in his presidential campaign, yet still is determined to sign the bill into law, is a testament to his character.

    However, expect law enforcement to go after New Mexicans who use medical marijuana. They're already doing it here in Washington, and in California, where medical marijuana is permitted.
    He said the White House had urged him not to sign the bill.

    [...]

    The federal government declares marijuana an illegal controlled substance with no medical value.
    The truth is, this is about relieving the pain and suffering of seriously ill people, and this study shows those results, despite what the FDA says. Medical marijuana is not about the Republican's fear that the 1960's counterculture will become the norm. This is an issue of being humane.

    Richardson Calls for Repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

    After Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, decried homosexuals as committing immoral acts, Governor Richardson has called for an end to the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
    Richardson, who is running for president, said he doesn't believe that homosexuality is immoral, and Congress should repeal the military's policy. "People should not be judged based on their sexual orientation," he said. "Throughout my entire career, I have fought for equal rights and against discrimination of any kind.
    If an American wants to serve in the military and they are otherwise qualified to do so, it makes no sense to deny them the right to serve their country based on their sexual orientation. "Don't ask, don't tell" was a mistake made by Bill Clinton and it's time to fix it.

    Friday, March 16, 2007

    Contact Information Needed

    If you're in Washington state and you're a supporter of Bill Richardson for President, please e-mail me your contact information at ken at kencamp dot net. Washington for Richardson is accumulating a list of Richardson supporters and would like to regularly update you on the campaign. Your contact information will be kept private and will not be sold or given to any person, group or organization outside o the Richardson for President campaign.

    Thursday, March 15, 2007

    IAFF Forum Yesterday.

    Yesterday the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) hosted a forum for the 2008 presidential candidates. It was the first forum that had both Democratic and Republican candidates present to state their case for the presidency. You can find the video of Governor Richardson's speech here.

    Chris Cillizza has a post over at The Fix about Governor Richardson's speech.
    Richardson repeatedly emphasized that he had a record of getting things done while his opponents' records were mostly rhetoric. He asked attendees not to choose a candidate based on the polls or which candidate was the biggest "rock star" but rather on who had a concrete record of accomplishments of getting things done for organized labor.

    [...]

    He said that record includes tax cuts, a balanced budget and an increase in the minimum wage -- all accomplishments based on his willingness to work across party lines. "I take a different approach to government," said Richardson. "I would be a bipartisan president."
    A bipartisan president...a President for all of the people, not just evangelical Christians or NASCAR dads or hunters from the South. Sure, Bill Richardson will represent all of those people, but he'll represent the rest of us too, exactly as a President should.

    Tuesday, March 13, 2007

    The Netroots Keep Growing for Bill Richardson

    I'd like to echo what Emmett said over at America for Richardson and welcome Minnesotans for Richardson to our "for Richardson" family of blogs.

    You'll find the link to Minnesotans for Richardson in the blogroll on the right.

    Truth or Spin? You Decide.

    According to Left Flank, I'm spinning so much I must be dizzy.

    Of course, the 2008 elections are starting earlier than usual, so the spin starts earlier, too. In a way, it’s training for pundits and pols. I like Governor Bill Richardson, but :

    Without Richardson’s diplomacy, North Korea never would have come back to the table for six party talks, and reach any agreement (large or small) on nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, on too many occasions the Bush Administration has been a bully, preferring to beat on its chest and spew rhetoric like a bunch of blowhards at a particular nation deemed “evil”. Richardson brought North Korea back to the table.

    I'm not sure what LF thinks I'm spinning. It looks like LF concedes my point that the Bush Administration has taken the schoolyard bully approach to foreign policy. It's hard for anyone to deny that.

    With regard to Bill Richardson, I challenge LF to tell me who it was that brought the North Koreans back to the table, if it wasn't Bill Richardson. Sure Condi Rice or some other State Department bureaucrat may have made a call to invite them to have a discussion, but it was Bill Richardson who consistently engaged in dialogue with the North Koreans, and it was Bill Richardson calling for the Bush Administration to engage the North Koreans. Bill Richardson made the six party talks possible. That's not spin, my friend, that's the truth.

    Here is my post on Governor Richardson holding positive talks with North Korean diplomats in Santa Fe this past December.

    Here is the Santa Fe New Mexican's video
    of highlights from the December 2006 meeting.

    Here is an article from 2005
    regarding Governor Richardson's talks with North Korea.

    Here is CNN's report on a 2003 meeting
    between Governor Richardson and North Korean officials.

    So LF, there are several links that detail Governor Richardson's efforts to engage the North Korean government in productive dialogue and bring them to the table as a country in good global standing and negotiating in good faith. Where's your proof that I'm wrong?

    Update: LF has responded that I'm doing my "wounded pundit impression, mimicking the finest traditions of the conservatives and dominionists." He goes on to say that "it's either total loyalty or apostasy." For the record LF, it's loyalty to Bill Richardson.

    Senator Obama: For The War or Against The War?

    Earlier today, Markos posted the following:

    This question still requires an answer:

    Sharpton went on to criticize Obama on other issues, including his relationship with Sen. Joe Lieberman, who's controversial within the Democratic Party.

    "Senator Obama and I agree that the war is wrong, but then I want to know why he went to Connecticut and helped Lieberman, the biggest supporter of the war," Sharpton told TV.

    Not only does this question require an answer, but it raises other questions. Is Barack Obama a flip-flopper? Does he say one thing and do another? Can we trust this man to be President?

    Obama supporters would do well to get their candidate to explain his position on the war and his support for Senator Joe Lieberman (Party of One - CT). Last time I checked, if you're for Joe Lieberman then you're for George W. Bush.

    Update: Since this blog is all about Bill Richardson and why he'll make the best President of the United States, it's only fair that I contrast his position with Senator Obama's. While Barack Obama went to Connecticut to campaign for Senator Lieberman, Bill Richardson supported Ned Lamont and called on Joe Lieberman to step aside after he lost the primary.

    Will The Real John Edwards Please Stand Up?

    What does this say about John Edwards?

    From the AP:
    Democratic strategist Bob Shrum writes in his memoir to be published in June that he regrets advising Edwards to give President Bush the authority to go to war in Iraq. He said if Edwards had followed his instincts instead of the advice of political professionals, he would have been a stronger presidential candidate in 2004.
    It's great that Edwards came out and called his vote to authorize war in Iraq a mistake, now that he's running for President. But is it politically expedient? The truth is that when push came to shove, Edwards relied on a Beltway-insider political consultant to make his decision, instead of standing by his convictions.

    So if Edwards won't stand up for what he believes in, but stands up for what political consultants believe in, do you really think as President he'll stand up for you?

    And a note to those Edwards supporters who will inevitably e-mail or comment: Edwards isn't the only one who got it wrong on this issue, but Shrum's revelations lead to serious questions about his decision making capabilities.

    Sunday, March 11, 2007

    Hillary: "We Need A Diplomat"

    On Friday, Think Progress interviewed Senator Hillary Clinton about her thoughts on any American intervention in Iran. Her conclusion: we need a diplomat.

    Here is some of what Hillary said:
    CLINTON: Well, I think that the President should not assume that he has any authority to do anything with respect to Iran. He needs to come to the Congress, and neither the resolution regarding Afghanistan or Iraq give him authority to take offensive action. We do need to have a tough, smart policy toward Iran. And I’m hoping that perhaps the administration has begun to see a little bit of a light with the recent announcement by Condi Rice that she at least will be meeting with her counterpart. So, let’s hope that the administration has learned from some of their errors. And you know, they were very critical of nation-building, peacekeeping and stability operations during the 90s, and now they’re having to reinvent the wheel because they have totally decimated our capacity to do what everybody knows we have to do, both in Afghanistan and in Iraq and facing other threats around the world.
    Let's see where have I heard the call for diplomacy in Iran before? Oh yeah, that's right, Bill Richardson made the call for diplomacy with Iran in a February 24 op-ed in the Washington Post.

    How nice of Hillary to joint the party late. Maybe she'll acknowledge that her vote on the war was wrong, but I'm not holding my breath.

    Here is Bill Richardson on how Iran should be dealt with:

    Saber-rattling is not a good way to get the Iranians to cooperate. But it is a good way to start a new war -- a war that would be a disaster for the Middle East, for the United States and for the world. A war that, furthermore, would destroy what little remains of U.S. credibility in the community of nations.

    A better approach would be for the United States to engage directly with the Iranians and to lead a global diplomatic offensive to prevent them from building nuclear weapons. We need tough, direct negotiations, not just with Iran but also with our allies, especially Russia, to get them to support us in presenting Iran with credible carrots and sticks.

    No nation has ever been forced to renounce nuclear weapons, but many have chosen to do so. The Iranians will not end their nuclear program because we threaten them and call them names. They will renounce nukes because we convince them that they will be safer and more prosperous if they do that than if they don't. This feat will take more than threats and insults. It will take skillful American diplomatic leadership.

    If Hillary is looking for a diplomat to handle the situation in Iran, perhaps she'll step aside and let Bill Richardson take the lead, as President of the United States. Bill Richardson is the only candidate, Republican or Democrat, who has diplomatic experience. Bill Richardson is the only candidate who has negotiated with the bad guys of the world (Fidel Castro, Saddam Hussein, Kim Jong Il, Omar al-Bashir) and achieved positive results.

    Think Progress notes:

    Center for American Progress fellow Ruy Teixeira has noted that the public’s views could not be clearer on Iran: make diplomacy, not war. Despite the Bush administration’s attempts to ratchet up tensions with Iran, a majority of Americans (57 percent) have consistently expressed the view that Iran is a threat that can be contained with diplomacy. Another 20 percent don’t see Iran as a threat to the U.S. at the current time. Support for military action has fallen recently, registering only 15 percent.

    iran

    It's time to restore sanity to American foreign policy, and if Hillary wants a diplomatic solution and the American people want a diplmatic solution, the choice is simple: Bill Richardson for President.

    Friday, March 09, 2007

    Richardson Drops Out of Fox News Debate in Nevada

    According to Kos:

    Bill Richardson just called to say that he will not be doing the Fox News debate in Nevada.

    Richardson had been the sole Democrat to confirm his appearance at the debate, which is on life support at this point.

    Richardson joins Edwards in ditching this farce of a debate.

    More on this later, as the Richardson campaign will likely issue a statement.

    Washington for Richardson Co-Founder Profiled by Hotline

    He's my co-founder here at Washington for Richardson, the main force behind America for Richardson, a friend, and yesterday Emmett O'Connell was profiled by The Hotline.

    Emmett is much too modest to have even let me know that he was profiled, so a thank you and hat tip goes out to Joaquin Guerra at Bill Richardson for President for linking to the profile on the campaign site.

    Richardson Hires Nevada Campaign Director

    Governor Richardson announced that he has hired Roberta Lange to direct his campaign in Nevada.

    Lange, currently serving her second term as President of the Henderson Democratic Club, previously served as Finance Director to the Dina Titus gubernatorial campaign in 2006, during which time she raised more than $3.8 million. Her experience includes several congressional and statewide campaigns. In 1998, she served as Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator Harry Reid's re-election campaign.

    And for our friends in the Las Vegas/Henderson metro area, please stop by and visit your Bill Richardson for President campaign office, located at 515 S. 7th St. in Las Vegas, and ask what you can do to help.

    Tuesday, March 06, 2007

    Richardson Has Strong Showing in Minnesota DFL Straw Poll

    Tonight the St. Paul, Minnesota DFL (Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party) held its presidential straw poll. MNPoliGuy at The 2008 Presidential Forum has the results (for his precinct).
    Joe Biden, Chris Dodd, Wesley Clark, Mike Gravel and Tom Vilsack didnt get a single vote.

    Undecided and Dennis Kucinich each got 1.

    Hillary Clinton and John Edwards tied for third with 2 votes each.

    Bill Richardson had a suprise showing, getting 4 votes to place second.

    Update: Thanks to Marsha Kelly for pointing out my error. MNPoliGuy's results were only based on the results for his precinct. St. Paul DFL's website has the correct results:

    Presidential Straw Poll Results
    The ballots have been cast in the precinct caucus straw poll. The results are:

    Sen. Hillary Clinton 324 25%

    Sen. Barack Obama 323 25%

    Sen. John Edwards 176 13.6%

    Gov. Bill Richardson 115 8.9%

    Rep. Dennis Kucinich 77 6.0%

    V.P. Al Gore (write-ins) 31 2.4%

    Gen. Wesley Clark 17 1.3%

    Sen. Joseph Biden 13 1%

    Sen. Chris Dodd 6 0.4%

    Gov. Tom Vilsack 4 0.3%

    Sen. Mike Gravel 0 0.0%

    Undecided 207 16%

    It's still early and while Barack Obama took first place in a landslide, Governor Richardson beat two of the perceived front-runners. Governor Richardson had a strong showing, and while it still is early, there is much work to do. The "front-runners" might as well get used to the fact that Bill Richardson isn't going away and will be in this race for the long haul.

    Meetup Today

    Please join Olympia for Richardson for our March meetup in support of Bill Richardson for President. We'll be meeting at the new Starbucks located at 315 Cooper Point Rd. NW (on the corner of Cooper Point Rd. and Harrison/Mud Bay Rd) in Olympia at 7pm on March 6.

    Bring a friend.

    Monday, March 05, 2007

    Richardson Impresses in Iowa

    Governor Richardson was in Iowa over the weekend and met with Young Democrats at Drake University. And there's more on that charisma thing that people are discovering Bill Richardson possesses:
    Jonathan Quinn, a freshman at Drake, commented about Richardson's apparent disadvantage of not being as well known as other candidates but still plans to follow his campaign.

    “I’m excited about him; he’s an interesting guy,” Quinn said. “The race is wide-open, since he definitely isn’t the party rock star it will be an uphill battle, but I think he has the charisma to do it.”

    [...]

    Rachel Vogel, a freshman at Drake, said it was Richardson’s three points that impressed her.

    “He has a lot of concrete answers and ideas, not just empty rhetoric,” Vogel said. “He gets a lot of points in my book for being honest.”
    Richardson may not be a rock star, but he will out-work the other candidates, and retail politics is his forte.
    "My campaign mode is shaking hands, meeting people, being scrutinized, talking issues," Richardson said in a Des Moines Register interview at the outset of his two-day campaign swing. "Iowans, I understand, like to decide. They like to decide, not who the pundits and the polls decide."
    In addition to a strong work ethic when it comes to meeting people, it helps to have the assistance of good political operatives when campaigning in Iowa.
    While Richardson has registered in the low single digits in early Iowa polls, he has signed as a top consultant one of the party's most notable veteran organizers with Iowa experience. Steve Murphy, who managed former U.S. Rep. Dick Gephardt's 1988 and 2004 presidential campaigns, is signed on with Richardson.
    Though currently in the single digits in polling, Richardson is sure to rise in the polls when his Iowa staff gets him out there shaking hands. After all, Governor Richardson does hold the Guinness Book of World Record title for shaking hands. People are his business, and like one recent former President, Richardson is in his element when working a room or walking through a crowd of people.

    Governor Richardson at Drake University

    Here is the video for Governor Richardson's appearance before Young Democrats at Drake University in Iowa this past weekend.



    Photo credit: Holly McQueen - Des Moines Register

    J.C, Watts Likes Bill Richardson

    Former Congressman J.C. Watts (R-OK) let it be known who he likes for President in 2008. Sorry John McCain, Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani, it's not you.
    But former Rep. J. C. Watts, once the House GOP's main communicator and a sometimes entry on Republican vice presidential lists, fessed up at the University of Arkansas last month that he likes Democratic New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson in the 2008 presidential race. "Personally, I'm a Bill Richardson fan," he admits. "I think he has the Bill Clinton touch with people."
    Bill Richardson is not just the choice of Democrats. He has a broad-based appeal to folks of all political stripes that makes him more electable in a general election than other Democratic candidates.

    Friday, March 02, 2007

    Richardson in Iowa this weekend

    From Bill Richardson for President:

    This weekend Governor Richardson will be making his first trip to Iowa since forming his Presidential Exploratory Committee. He will be attending a number of house parties as well as meeting with a number of different groups including union leaders, members of the Iowa Democratic Party, and members of the Young Democrats organization at Drake University.

    Friday, March 2

      WHEN: 11:00 a.m.
      WHAT: Iowa Press interview with David Yepsen & Kay Henderson
      WHERE: Iowa Public Television, 6450 Corporate Drive, Johnston, IA
      NOTE: Press availability to follow interview at IPT. All press welcome.

      WHEN: 12:30 p.m.
      WHAT: Polk County Democrats Luncheon
      WHERE: Latin King Restaurant, 2200 Hubble Ave, Des Moines, IA

      WHEN: 1:30 p.m.
      WHAT: Meet and Greet with Young Democrats at Drake University
      WHERE: 2507 University Ave., Des Moines, IA – Cool Beans Student Lounge

      WHEN: 4:30 p.m.
      WHAT: Richardson Meet Up with Supporters & Iowa Bloggers
      WHERE: The Breakroom Cyber Cafe, 3015 Merle Hay Road, Suite 4B, Des Moines, IA

      WHEN: 6:30 p.m.
      WHAT: House Party with Representative Mark Davitt
      WHERE: 611 West Ashland, Indianola, IA
      For more information about attending the event please contact Maria Goergen at 505-205-5001

    Saturday, March 3

      WHEN: 9:30 a.m.
      WHAT: Breakfast with Women for a Stronger America
      WHERE: A Dong Restaurant, 1511 High St., Des Moines, IA

      WHEN: 10:30 a.m.
      WHAT: Breakfast with Union Leaders
      WHERE: Hotel Ft. Des Moines, Governor Room, 1000 Walnut Street, Des Moines, IA

      WHEN: 3:30 p.m.
      WHAT: Meet and Greet with Marshalltown Democrats
      WHERE: Marshal County Democratic Party Office, 12 W Main Street, Marshalltown IA

      WHEN: 5:30 p.m.
      WHAT: House Party with Story County Democrats at Amy Welch and Charlie Bruner's Home
      WHERE: 1148 Oklahoma St., Ames, IA

      WHEN: 7:00 p.m.
      WHAT: House Party with Boone County Democrats at the Home of Julie Allen
      WHERE: 527 W 4th Street, Boone, IA

    If you're in Iowa, make sure you get out and support Governor Richardson.