September 25th, 2007
01:40 PM ET
11 years ago

Richardson attacks rivals on Iraq in new ad

If elected president, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson plans to withdraw all U.S. troops from Iraq.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will release a new television ad in New Hampshire Wednesday morning criticizing his rivals for their positions on the Iraq war.

“Clinton, Obama and Edwards all say they want to end the war in Iraq," blogger Matt Stoller says in the ad, which will begin airing hours before a Democratic presidential debate in Dartmouth. "But they support leaving thousands, even tens of thousands of troops behind. That doesn’t make any sense.”

In a video posted on his campaign's web site on Monday, Richardson says he is the only candidate that will bring all of the troops home from Iraq.

"Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards would leave tens of thousands of non-combat troops behind in Iraq," campaign manager Dave Contarino said in a statement. "An estimated 97,000 American non-combat troops are in Iraq. Leaving behind up to 97,000 American troops does not end this war. As President, Bill Richardson will withdraw non-combat troops in tandem with combat troops to get them all out of Iraq safely."

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Iraq • New Hampshire
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Ditto. All troops out now. No timetable, no funds, no war. Even if means losing an election.

    September 25, 2007 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. laurinda,ny

    Like anyone is going to believe the governor of New Mexico who can't even guard his own borders!

    September 25, 2007 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  3. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    I respect Bill Richardson, but even a putz realizes that we can't just pull out at once and leave a vacuum in the mess we've (well, the neo cons) have created.

    And the Dems need to stop this bickering. Remember the saying, "united we stand, divided we fall"?

    September 25, 2007 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  4. Bill Jones, Jacksonville, FL

    We would be very fortunate to have Gov. Richardson in either of the top two slots. The NM Nat. Guard is not tasked with protection of state borders, but he's far ahead of his rivals in his understanding of what it will take to right the damage to this country that the current administration has done. jonesbill75

    September 25, 2007 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  5. Sandy

    Richardson can just count is 4 spanish votes and shup up. He is a total failure and a big traitor.

    September 25, 2007 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  6. Anonymous, Somewhere, MI

    Richardson was right, up till the part where he said he'd withdraw all the troops. Nobody wants the Fall of Saigon to happen on their watch.

    September 25, 2007 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  7. Eugene Debs

    Bill, do I have that right: The NM gov hasn't done anything about protecting NM borders but he's far ahead of anybody else who hasn't done anything about protecting our borders?
    You are probably right, he's as good as anybody else running for the two top offices. That's just what we are looking for all right, someone who doesn't protect his own borders pulling the troops protecting Iraq borders. Sounds like he has the training.

    September 25, 2007 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  8. JRChase

    Richardson/Dodd 2008 to win.

    September 25, 2007 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  9. John, Ca.

    Richardson for VP in 2008. This is the one reason why I can't support him for Prez. We can't remove ALL of the troops immediately. It is just not realistic. Other than that he is great for the country.

    Edwards in 2008!

    September 25, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  10. Pam Holt Los Angeles, CA

    No Bill, you're not the ONLY candidate that will bring all of the troops home. Dennis Kucinich is the ONLY candidate that did anything to try to STOP the war before it began. The rest should be disqualified for being stupid enough to trust anything Bush/Cheney say or do.

    September 26, 2007 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  11. R. james doubt..........

    September 26, 2007 01:17 am at 1:17 am |
  12. Greg - Portland, OR

    Gov. Richardson is the only Democrat with a resume strong enough for President (and I say this as a long time Republican). He has been in the national/international spotlight as well as one of the strongest Gov.'s in NM history. As a border state with Mexico he has not had the same issues that Texas, Arizona and California have had with illegal immigration. Have there been some? Yes...but not nearly to the same extent other border states have had. The problem is...though he is far and away THE most qualified of ANY of the candidates on either side (Former Sec. of Energy, Former Ambassador to the U.N., former Congressman and current state Governor)...he's an "unknown" and not willing to tell people what they want to hear simply to get elected. Much like former Sen. Phil Grahm of Texas....he won't get elected (or stand a fighting chance to) because he doesn't have the stage presence of a Cliton, Obama, Thompson or Guiliani. Gov. Richardson, we wish you the best in an uphill battle. For the rest of's to a "rough" next 4-8 years without any true viable candidates for the most important (and once the most RESPECTED) office in the world...President of the United States. (A position the last two President's and 16 years have failed to uphold as a true respected and honored position FOR the people).

    September 26, 2007 01:45 am at 1:45 am |
  13. mike e. cooney

    slick willy is nothing more than a rapist,physical coward,treasonist bastard,and ANYTHING he has to say amounts to a bucket full of spit.WORTHLESS and ubl bombs us 13 times,slick willy is entertaining an ugly,obese intern daughter of a contributor!america doesnt need another era of clintonian socialism/cowardice and complete immoral behavior.slick willy should move to today....NOW!!

    September 27, 2007 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |