Richardson said Monday he is not a "Rock star."
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) - Democratic presidential hopeful Bill Richardson admitted that while he is not a rock star, he believes he will be a strong contender in the California presidential primary next year.
“I am not a rock star. I do not have unlimited amounts of money, but I believe I am the most qualified candidate,” the New Mexico Governor said while campaigning in West Hollywood, California Monday.
Given the state’s size, Richardson likened the expense of campaigning in California to what it might cost to cover five states.
Key to winning California will be grassroots support, he said, emphasizing a number of his close ties to the state beyond simply being born in Pasadena.
“I am Hispanic. I have the strongest environmental record and clean energy record. I am talking about issues that effect California like immigration, like transportation,” the White House hopeful said.
On the topic of immigration, Richardson emphasized that the best solution must involve “earned legalization,” adding that Mexico needs to be held accountable for the flow of workers.
“Mexico has to provide more jobs and make more of an effort to take care of their own people,” he said.
- CNN Political Assignment Editor Marissa Muller