Richardson said Monday he’s not interested in being vice president..
WASHINGTON (CNN) - His impeccable résumé, foreign policy credentials, and relation to an important battleground state landed New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson on John Kerry’s shortlist for the vice presidential nominee in 2004.
But Richardson, currently a Democratic presidential hopeful himself, said Monday he’s not interested in the No. 2 post if it was offered at some point down the road, telling CNN “There is a better job, it’s called governor of New Mexico.”
“I’m not running for vice president, and I believe after this debate is over I’m going to win - but I don’t want to be vice president,” Richardson told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I’ve got the best job, governor of New Mexico.
“I can go ride my horse and get into foreign policy, as I have done as a governor,” he added.
In addition to his current post, Richardson is a former U.S. congressman, ambassador to the United Nations, and energy secretary. He has also engaged in several talks with North Korea.
In 2004, Bush won New Mexico by only 6,000 votes.
- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney