Richardson announced a key endorsement in New Hampshire Monday
WASHINGTON (CNN) - One of New Hampshire’s rising political stars announced Monday he’s backing Bill Richardson for president, an endorsement that will likely aid the New Mexico governor’s grassroots efforts in the crucial primary state.
Steve Marchand, the 33 year-old mayor of Portsmouth, stressed in a conference call with reporters on Monday afternoon that Richardson has the right approach when it comes to the war in Iraq.
“More than any other candidate running for president this year on either side of the aisle, I think Gov. Richardson appreciates the role diplomacy has to play in resolving this situation we’re now in in Iraq, in a way that’s going to minimize the damage for the day when America is gone, and maximize the chance there’ll be some kind of long-term stability in the region,” he said.
In the same conference call, Richardson hailed the endorsement as a “clear sign of momentum for my campaign…mainly because Steve is a grassroots campaigner and he is someone who gets votes.”
But the timing of Richardson’s endorsement could be overshawdowed by news that New Hampshire Sen. Judd Gregg was backing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s presidential bid.
"I would say that given the fact that this announcement happened on the very same day as Judd Gregg announced that he was endorsing for Mitt Romney, unfortunately Bill Richardson lost the endorsement race on this day,” Scott Spradling, the political director of New Hampshire’s WMUR-TV, told CNN.
- CNN's Alexander Mooney and Sareena Dalla