Here is the wrap-up from Governor Richardson's appearance at the Save Darfur rally in San Francisco. Other candidates have raised the issue of Darfur recently, but only Bill Richardson has experience dealing with the issue. Go here to read Bill Richardson's strategy and to sign on to his call for ending the genocide in Darfur.
From the San Francisco Chronicle:
The rally also drew an appearance from New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who flew in en route from the California Democratic Convention in San Diego to a stop on his presidential campaign in Carson City, Nev.
"I care deeply about this issue," said Richardson, who has been to Sudan three times visiting refugee camps and negotiating the release of American aid workers and journalists. "The United States should be paying more attention. We should be more forceful to build international support to pressure the government and the rebels to come to a peace."
Below is the wrap-up from the California State Democrats Convention in San Diego.
From the San Diego Union-Tribune's Newsblog:
Bill Richardson told cheering state Democratic delegates Sunday that as president he would tear down the wall on the border between Mexico and the United States and enact a compassionate immigration policy.
Richardson, governor of New Mexico and a contender for the Democratic presidential nomination, said his immigration policy would rely on controlling the borders, but also allow a path for illegal immigrants to gain citizenship.
During his speech to the California Democratic Party convention in San Diego, Richardson called for an "Apollo" program to reduce the nation's dependency on foreign oil from 65 percent to 10 percent, a univeral health care plan and a minimum yearly salary for teachers of $40,000 a year.
Turning serious, he also called for ending the war and touted his globe-trotting resume as a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and freelance diplomat-at-large.
"I'm asking you here — all Californians, because you are awfully important: Vote on the basis of who's the most qualified, who has the most vision," Richardson said. "Not who's the biggest rock star, not who has the most money, not on legacies. But who has a plan for America."
The Democratic governor and former U.N. ambassador, one of seven presidential candidates who addressed the California Democratic Party Convention in San Diego this weekend, isn't put off by the considerable challenge of competing in a race dominated by New York Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Illinois Sen. Barack Obama.
"I don't have their money,'' said Richardson, adding that delegates should consider his experience over the party front-runners even though "I don't have their celebrity status.''
Richardson and Edwards, the party's 2004 vice presidential candidate, were enthusiastically received during their speeches Sunday to the party activists.