WASHINGTON (CNN) – Gov. Bill Richardson, D-New Mexico, said the United States should boycott the 2008 Summer Olympics in China if the country does not agree to help end the conflict in Darfur, Sudan.
“We need China,” said Richardson, “which has enormous leverage over Darfur. If the Chinese don’t want to do this, we say to them, maybe we won’t go to the Olympics.”
Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Connecticut replied to Gov. Richardson’s suggestion of a boycott saying, “I don’t think (boycotting) gets you there. It will delay the kind of influence and support China should support.”
- CNN Political Researcher Xuan Thai