Sunday, January 28, 2007

Richardson In Nevada

Bill Richardson made a trip to Nevada Saturday, on his first campaign stop for the Democratic nomination.

Richardson met with Democrats in Reno and Milden, where he said that although he is an outsider, he will outwork the other candidates. He said that he believes he is the candidate with the most foreign policy experience, as former US representative to the United Nations.

Nevada is crucial as it comes just after the Iowa primary next January.

This wont be Richardson's last visit to Nevada - he has pledged to be back again and will campaign in all 17 counties. He will be returning on February 21 for a debate in Carson City and a health care forum on March 24 in Las Vegas.

Richardson spoke at a Democrat "Turn Nevada Blue" dinner on Saturday night, with other potential candidate Wes Clark.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Bill Richardson on Larry King

Bill Richardson appeared on Larry King live last night to discuss his campaign for the Democratic nomination.

Watch the video here.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Bill Richardson Is In

Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico, today announced that he will be setting up an exploratory committee to consider a run for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

Richardson's move was widely speculated on in recent days. But it has come in a big media week, only one day after the announcement by Clinton, and four after Obama.

Richardson said that he can bring America together and "we have to repair the damage that’s been done to our country over the last six years."

On Iraq, Richardson also urged diplomacy, saying that the regional neighbours should be engaged more and there needs to be an effort to "...set up a reconstruction effort to help Iraq achieve civil administration and build up its resources."

But he was also tough on the current policy, saying that "The next President of the United States must get our troops out of Iraq without delay."

Having a solid record on foreign policy will be one of Richardson's strengths, along with his steady hand as Governor.

Richardson should also do reasonably well on the fundraising front. Although not as good as the Clinton network, Richardson has built an impressive range of donors over the last few years.

Bill Richardson is also a former Member of Congress, Secretary of Energy in the Clinton Administration, and U.S Ambassador to the United Nations.

Watch the Richardson announcement here.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Announcement by Richardson Soon

Speculation is mounting that Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico will launch an exploratory committee to consider a run for President, perhaps as early as this weekend.

Having just returned from Sudan, where he was negotiating a peace settlement, Richardson will be keen to emphasise his credentials on foreign policy.

Given the announcements of high profile canidates Obama and Clinton this week, Richardson won't want to be left behind, particularly on the fundraising front. And while the media is focussing on the race, why not announce in the same week?

Stay tuned.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Withdraw US from Iraq this year - Richardson

Appearing in crucial early primary state South Carolina over the weekend, Bill Richardson said that the US should pull its troops out of Iraq by the end of the year. Richardson has said that the latest decision to send more troops to Iraq was not popular in America, or around the world.

As a key negotiator and former UN representative, Richardson has urged greater diplomacy in Iraq, as well as with other nations like Iran and North Korea.

In Presidential news, after listening to his announcement this morning, Richardson has apparently said that Obama is an exciting candidate.

Richardson will be looking at his options for a Presidential run over the next two weeks. On one hand it might pay to wait until the dust settles around the Obama announcement.

That is until it all starts over with the Hillary announcement, which must be coming very shortly. She certainly wont be liking the fact that Obama is taking all her media space. Particularly given she is out of the country touring the middle east and Afghanistan.

So if he is running, Richardson might just as well announce this weekend, before Clinton does. After that, he may struggle to get clear air space.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Is Richardson running for President?

Bill Richardson, Governor of New Mexico, is yet to declare if he will be running for the Democratic nomination for President of the United States.

As a former Member of Congress for 14 years, US Ambassador to the United Nations and US Secretary for Energy, Richardson has no shortage of experience in public service.

Richardson has said that he would be making a decision on a run in January, so an announcement is considered to be imminent.

Since late 2004, Richardson has visited crucial states Iowa twice, and New Hampshire 5 times.

In recent days, Richardson has been in Darfur, Sudan attempting to negotiate greater numbers United Nations troops for the war torn country and a peace settlement between warring factions. Richardson has issued a statement to say the trip was successful. His efforts will no doubt highlight Richardson's foreign policy credentials, which are already substantial.

But does Richardson have the capacity to secure the Democratic nomination?

He has had a good record in the past in fundraising, not only for himself, but for fellow Democrats. And as Chair of the 2004 Democratic National Convention and Chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, he is well known outside of New Mexico. His result of nearly 69% of the vote when he was re-elected last November should not be overlooked either.

The big question is whether Richardson can compete with the higher profile potential candidates in Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and declared candidate John Edwards.