October 4th, 2007
09:00 AM ET
11 years ago

Richardson to deliver major Iraq speech

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is set to deliver a major address on Iraq at Georgetown University.

WASHINGTON (CNN) – New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson will deliver what his presidential campaign is billing as a major speech on "Iraq and defense modernization" Thursday at Georgetown University.

Richardson will unveil a proposal "aimed at modernizing the American military to more effectively deal with the changing global threats we face," according to a campaign aide. The Democratic governor will specifically call for "$57 billion in spending cuts and reprogramming to the defense budget."

Richardson will also emphasize his plan to withdraw all troops from Iraq.

- CNN’s Candy Crowley and Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Iraq
soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Lee, Estherville, IA

    Big deal!!! This idiot couldn't modernize his own bathroom. Will he give the speech in Spanish?

    October 4, 2007 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  2. Dave Sommers, Albuquerque, NM

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    The quiz is only 11 questions, but very helpful in determining which candidate you match up with most, in terms of policies for this country.

    October 4, 2007 10:11 am at 10:11 am |
  3. Jorge, Dayton, OH

    Richardson really has no shot since Hillary is the heir apparent, and Obama is the Chosen One.

    But Richardson would make a very wise choice for VP, and this proposal might just be his first step in securing the VP bid.

    Having Richardson on the ticket would be a smart move for Democrats, but since they seem to abhor making smart moves, it probably won't happen either.

    October 4, 2007 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  4. Zack, NJ

    He'd be better off taking Domenici's old seat.

    October 4, 2007 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  5. Frederick Lang

    Can anyone ask the "tough" questions to bill richardson? When are you going to ask him about his failure of an administration while Energy Chairman, when they lost all those extremely high value Nuclear Secret information (to the Chinese) via the stolen or lost laptop computers? He was responsible, but never answered the questions WHY?? Now this fat slob wants to take on more responsiblity?? I SAY NO!!

    October 4, 2007 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  6. laurinda,ny

    Richardson is a good Democrat, but, I'm voting for Hillary because if I vote for him that will take a vote away from Hillary. Then those Republicans can sneak in.

    October 4, 2007 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  7. Robert, Vivian, La

    Wow, CNN is giving coverage to a democrat other than Clinton, Obama, and Edwards!
    Have those three taken the day off?

    According to the press, Richardson is not important because he doesn't raise the most money.

    October 4, 2007 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. David, Arlington, VA

    What does it say about the American public and media that a candidate's wife's comments about her portrayal as a trophy wife receive more attention than a candidate's speech on the Iraq war, defense spending, and defense modernization? I agree with Gov. Richardson that there is a need for reprogramming and spending cuts in the defense budget, however I'd like to hear more about where his proposed cuts will be directed and what programs he would like to change. As for Iraq, I do not think that all of our troops should be withdrawan, as we should at least maintain a presence to train Iraqi forces, provide logistical and combat support to those forces if/when needed, assist with border security, and conduct counterterror and counterinsurgency missions in support of Iraqi forces. Of course, that all depends on our ability to formulate a strong diplomatic effort with the UN, EU, and regional powers, to pressure the Iraqi government to assume more of the security burden and address the underlying political issues that are the root cause of the current instability.

    October 4, 2007 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  9. Paul C. Palmetto Bay, FL

    When are these political hacks going to get a spine and propose a draft and pay for their war?
    They salivate at the prospects of fighting a war but won't fund or man it.
    They resort to extreme means, including buying a mercenary army and bankrupting the country fighting on a credit card because they cannot say the "D" and "T" words.

    October 4, 2007 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. RS, Dallas, TX

    Richardson should be running for New Mexico's upcoming Senate seat, not President! New Mexico and Congress need him.

    October 4, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  11. Greg, NY, NY

    laurinda, you are aware that voting in the Democratic primary has nothing to do with Republicans?

    First you vote for the Democrat of your choice, then vote for the actual Presidential election.

    So don't vote for Hillary just for that reason, pick the Democrat that you believe in.

    October 4, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  12. Henry Tucker, Ga

    Wait.. is this the SAME Bill Richardson that as Secretary of Energy was marred by the Wen Ho Lee nuclear espionage scandal?

    The guy can't keep our nuclear facilities safe but is going to tell the country how to manage the military?

    October 4, 2007 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  13. Jeff, Rochester

    Major Iraq speech??? How long can his two word "We surrender" speech take?

    This guy is a clown who is posturing for a VP slot. He has zero chance.

    How does one say "We surrender" en espanol?

    October 4, 2007 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |


    October 4, 2007 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  15. Tom Savoca, Richfield, Ohio

    Bill Richardson is presidential material but is ignored by the media. He is smart, proven track record on negotiations (currently lacks in this administration) and once again would restore the respect this nation has lost. Can you imagine this is the number one free country in the world and it lacks habeus corpus. In other words we have no bill of rights. scary.

    October 4, 2007 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  16. Raymond, El Paso TX

    I think he's done some good things for New Mexico but then again, why would he allow dumping nuclear waste in his state? In fact, 150 miles from El Paso, TX.

    October 4, 2007 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. laurinda,ny

    Greg in NY,NY..That is not true. You will never trick me again. I am to smart for you.

    October 4, 2007 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  18. laurinda,ny

    Bravo! I'm glad he is modernizing the military. We do have to keep up with other nations instead of all this old equipment we are using. The Republican Bush party won't even put armour on the vehicles our soldiers in Iraq are using.

    October 4, 2007 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  19. laurinda,ny

    LEE..I don't think he is Spanish. I think he has some Indian blood in him. Although he might speak some Spanish because he is right above Mexico

    October 4, 2007 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  20. Kevin, Ames IA

    Laurinda, he is half Mexican.

    Richardson is the only true anti-war candidate. It is sad that the press does not cover him as one of America's top priorities must be bringing our troops home. As Governor, he has proven that he has the experience and positive ideology needed to lead the Nation.

    My vote is for change and experience, my vote is for Bill Richardson

    October 4, 2007 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  21. Chris, Middletown, CT

    Apparently when the Democrats have a candidate with like a 2% share....they are still encouraged to make irrelavant speeches....and spread the rhetoric around....but when Hillary wins the nomination – all these anti-war machine liberals...will jump behind her and completely forget that she voted for it....its like they forget the fact that they are voting out Republicans for this very reason....I'm trying to understand how they are able to control you....I know in the inner cities....its free donuts for a vote...and the classic...."you are disenfranchised....come and hop on the bus and get your free donut"

    October 5, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  22. Anthony, Albuquerque

    I never knew there were so many racists that read the political ticker...All these Spanish speaking comments are leaving me feel very uneasy about the American electorate.

    October 5, 2007 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  23. mike alamogordo New mexico

    If he is elected you can look forward to real corruption and a do nothing group that surrounds him. All talk no action. His state is filled with corrupt officials and is almost like Ali Baba and the 40 thieves. I am a democrat and would never vote for him or any other democrat on this ticket right now. I live in New Mexico and have faced the racism, corruption in all levels of the government and with this kind of leadership why not just leave George Bush, it is simply a name change same corruption maybe a little more covert but corruption just the same. He failed in the Energy department and has failed worse as Governor. He is more suited as a diplomat lying to other countries than in the US Government as a leader. This state has the worst for anything and is as backward as the middle ages for anything. From the lowest levels of government to the highest level of the courts there is corruption and all this while the "leader is here or gone it doesn't matter". The state faces floods because of poor oversights or none at all, nothing in the area of foreclosures which this state allegedly has the most severe mortgage laws but they mean nothing in the land of manana,tomorrow as the do nothing oversights let all this go. Silence and it will go away. This is his legacy. I thought Bush was good at lying but this clown is a diplomat, read professional liar and procrastinator. He knows nothing about the little people and could care less about what is really happening except with him. He would sue his own mother because she did not bring a high enough price when he sold her.

    November 7, 2007 08:31 am at 8:31 am |