Richardson is touting his experience in hostage negotiation in a new ad.
DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson is up with a new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire Monday that touts a hostage situation in Iraq "that then Congressman Richardson was called upon to defuse," the campaign said in a statement.
The 60-second ad, entitled "Only One," is a testimonial given by Bill Barloon and the late David Daliberti and wife Kathy Daliberti. Both Barloon and David Daliberti were hostages of Saddam Hussein in 1995.
"We were accused of being spies," David Daliberti said in the ad.
Barloon continued, "Then Congressman Richardson came and spoke with Saddam Hussein."
Richardson puts a twist on the traditional finish of campaign ads by closing with, "I'm Bill Richardson, and I am honored to approve this message."
Richardson, the governor of New Mexico, is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
– CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch
I think you mean New Mexico, CNN.
I wonder how "easy" Bill Richardson was on Saddam Hussein when attempting to negotiate for these US citizens??
I'm glad someone who holds the position of 'governor of Mexico' can seek presidential office... we wouldn't want the governor of NEW MEXICO trying to become president.
Bill Richardson is NOT the governer of Mexico.
Well, I think that Bill would make a great vice president. He does grow on you. He will take his job seriously. I hope that he is Hillary's running mate.
Bill doesn't have a chance if you think he is from Mexico Look at a Map Do you see NEW MEXICO we are a state since the 1800. Bill Maybe you need to carry a Map and educate the CNN Press. Good Luck Bill
Wow, governor of Mexico? That's impressive. How'd a US citizen manage that?
Richardson is the governor of NEW MEXICO
As a Mexican who appreciates the decent American people, and wishes your Presidency to favorably affect all nations in the world, I'm all for William Richardson. He's the only one among all the candidates who speaks judiciously and without inconsistencies. Pity that your electoral process is dominated by who obtains the highest fundraising figures.
There's only a minor mistake in your note. Mr. Richardson is governor of New Mexico, not of Mexico.
the governor of Mexico?
I think CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch means "Richardson, the Governor of NEW Mexico..."
Last time I checked Richardson was the Governor of NEW Mexico. Way to go CNN.
I agree, he is good VP material.
Bill Richardson is the governor of New Mexico.
Governor of Mexico???
NEW Mexico, JFYI
"Richardson, the governor of Mexico, is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination."
Governor of Mexico running for US PreZ. Way to proof read CNN.
Maybe that's not such a bad idea. Given the mediocrity of the current crop of candidates in the US, maybe we should invite the governor of Mexico to be President.
I bet this govenor of Mexico is an Illeagle . Anybody check his green card
DARN IT! I think CNN fixed the flub before I read the article.
That said, I think Richardson's campaign for Secretary of State is going swimmingly. If there was any way I could vote him into that office I would.
I hear he wooed Saddam with his scrumptious guacamole.
yes....a candidate running with a 1% share – getting tons of press....and does anyone believe CNN is not being manipulated by the Clinton machine....think she will choose this guy to pull the latino vote (each step so very calculated....) – maybe it will make them forget that she tacked a cool million onto the SCHIP bill....or her campaign is partially funded by China....or that her proposed programs cost over 700 billion...(and liberals...not for forget....she voted for the war....and the other Dems funded it....so – you are equally responsible for it....) I can't wait for Giuliani to go head to head with her....Giuliani – 60% of the vote (even though 80% will support him) – many of you are fearful that Republicans eat babies...
What's with the VP drivel. He's got it all over Hillary. He's actually accomplished something.
What has she done? Name 3 accomplishments that make her "uniquely" qualified (as she claims) to be President.
Have a great Day
Of all presidential hopefuls Richardson has the most foreign service experience. Unfortunately he is gambling the Iraq civil war will not happen if we bug out.Iraq policy is a difficult call not having the troops necessary to dis-arm the country. I don't believe Bill has the right strategy, Civil War is unacceptable.
Saddam used Richardson's naive view of foreign policy to give the UN the impression that he was cooperating. And it worked... Saddam fooled Richardson, the UN and everyone else. Especially himself...