October 30th, 2007
12:00 PM ET
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Richardson up with new ad in Iowa

Richardson is out with a new ad in Iowa Tuesday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson launched a new ad in Iowa Tuesday that seeks to clarify his differences with his presidential rivals over the war in Iraq.

"I knew there would be differences between the candidates, especially on Iraq," the New Mexico Democrat says in the 60-second ad. "I will get every soldier out. You cannot say you will end the war if you plan to leave thousands of troops behind. The Iraqis sure will not think the war is over."

“If you are wondering if anyone can really do all this, just look at what I have done in my life and how I have done it," Richardson continues. "Not by dividing people, but by earning their trust. And that is really where we need to begin in Iraq. There is a way out."

- CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney

Filed under: Bill Richardson • Iowa
soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Bob, Seattle, WA

    Precisiely why you have zero chance of winning anything Mr. Richardson.

    October 30, 2007 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  2. Kevin, Annapolis MD

    This is a non-issue. There are plenty of real issues to attack Cheney on... this isn't even close to being worth it.

    October 30, 2007 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Efren C.Tomas Vallejo,Ca.

    I will be ashamed to be my President becuase he is a coward about hitting enemies that is hitting us since he was the United Nation US representative.

    October 30, 2007 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  4. Sian, LA CA

    This continues to demonstrate the intrinsic evil of the democratic party. Here, a candidate proposes that we conduct a withdrawal that'll lead to American deaths on American soil. How many 9/11's need to happen before we realize we need to fight the terrorists in their home base instead of in our home country? We must stay in Iraq and Afghanistan as long as necessary, and consider regime change in the rest of the axis of evil in order to prevent devastating results.

    October 30, 2007 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  5. Gene, Atlanta Georgia

    This comment demonstrates the intellect of the person writing it: "I will be ashamed to be my President becuase he is a coward about hitting enemies that is hitting us since he was the United Nation US representative."

    Mr. Sian's comment is equally foolish. They are both very wrong.

    Governor Richardson has the experience to know what he is talking about, and people would be well served by listening to him. His plan for Iraq is more complex than pulling the troops out over a period of several months.

    October 30, 2007 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  6. pat huntington ny

    We must stay in Iraq and Afghanistan as long as necessary, and consider regime change in the rest of the axis of evil in order to prevent devastating results.

    Posted By Sian, LA CA : October 30, 2007 1:07 pm
    Put your money where your mouth is Sian...either enlist and fight, or pay up! Your way of thinking is going to cost us a pretty penny. Rather have smart people running this country who can get us out of those countries after doing the job the repukes couldn't finish. It's always the same store...Dems have to come back in power to clean up the mess left by the Repukes. Too bad Americans can't remember this when the vote.

    October 30, 2007 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  7. ChiGuy, Chgo

    May I remind Sian that 9/11 happened when Republicans ruled the roost. They have had 7 yrs to catch the guy who was fingered for that disaster and instead of taking OBL out, they went after the non-threat Saddam and got the U.S. involved in a some other country's civil war. How many more stupidities do we have to endure before people like Sian wake up?

    October 30, 2007 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  8. Sian, LA CA

    To Gene...

    Explain how my comments were foolish. Deciding the merits of an argument by simply analyzing the grammar of a sentence is analogous to judging a book by its cover. Comparing a nongrammatical argument with a better written argument that basically argues the same thing is also besides the real point.

    The fact of the matter is, the Christianity and civilization of the free world is under assault by barbaric terrorists who seek to kill more innocent civilians. If our president is not strong enough to protect civilian lives by dealing with the terrorists, the terrorists will deal with American lives when they reach our soil.

    October 30, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  9. Robert, Shelton CT

    Not a bad ad, however, I'm sorry to say this Gov. Richardson but your political clout is best spent in New Mexico; run for Senate.

    October 30, 2007 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  10. AJ, Chicago IL

    I believe that Bill Richardson has the most impressive resume of any presidential candidate running, democrat or republican, when it comes to handling national issues from budgeting to foreign policy. But Bill's stance on the important national issues such as Iraq loses American appeal. We cannot fully disengaged from Iraq. Even though the 9/11 Commission documented that Saddam and Iraq posed no immediate threat to the US, we essentially broke Iraq instead of focusing on Al Qaeda and Bin Laden. If we leave Iraq too soon, the country could plunge into full civil wars. I do mean wars. Sunni vs Shia, Kurds vs Turks, and Sunni vs Kurds. Obama has the best plan that I can see; withdraw all battle brigades within 18 months, leave a military force sufficient to protect our embassy and civilian workforce left in Iraq, and leave a special counterterrorism force in Iraq or nearby region to combat Al Qaeda and/or any other rogue terrorist organizations.

    October 30, 2007 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. Coach Haughton NH

    This continues to demonstrate the intrinsic evil of the democratic party. Here, a candidate proposes that we conduct a withdrawal that'll lead to American deaths on American soil. How many 9/11's need to happen before we realize we need to fight the terrorists in their home base instead of in our home country? We must stay in Iraq and Afghanistan as long as necessary, and consider regime change in the rest of the axis of evil in order to prevent devastating results.

    Posted By Sian, LA CA : October 30, 2007 1:07 pm

    I don't think you are foolish at all sian. However you have been fooled. Attacks like the one on the WTS and USS Cole were CAUSED by an unwanted US presence in middle eastern affairs. The Bush administration has fooled people who think like You into believing that a continued occupation in Iraq will make us safer.

    If you read a book on Iraq you will see that 70% of the country is Shiite muslim. Under sadaam's Baathist party the Shia' were oppressed by the sunni minority. With sadaam gone the Shia are now taking vengeance upon the Sunni. Al Queada(a sunni militant group) has come to the region to protect their people. Iran (99% Shiite and home of the supreme leader) is giving aid to their religious and Political allies in Iraq.

    As we all know, no amount of troops or resources can stop a religious war. Israel has the worlds best trained airforce, one of the best trained armys and the worlds third largest nuclear arsenal. That is not stopping Muslim aspirations to wipe them off of the map.

    If we seek to stop attacks against the United States, the solution is to withdraw from a war that is none of our business anyway, and stop farming anti-american sentiment in the middle east.

    In our fight against terrorism(which by the way had nothing to do with Iraq until George Bush made it so) We need to open up more diplomatic dialogue with the free nation is the region, seek out Jihadist hideouts and take them out(with air-strikes) and stop giving more fuel to their fire by Gunning their people down in the street.

    So no you are not foolish, but you have been fooled.

    October 30, 2007 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  12. jeff c

    Sian, just what does Iraq have to do with "fighting the terrorists in their home base"? Wouldn't that be Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Sudan, & Somalia?

    Not even once among all the excuses that were cooked up for attacking Iraq was it argued that Hussein was in any way behind the 9/11 attacks.

    It is true that the Taliban provided Al Qaeda with a home base in Afghanistan, but as is now painfully clear, pouring resources into an unnecessary attack on Iraq while the Afghan situation was unresolved was a big mistake – IF your concern is with fighting terrorists.

    October 30, 2007 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. Sophie, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    I don't agree with Gov Richardson at all. Pulling our troops out of Iraq would be suicide. On the other hand I don't believe we should have ever jumped into this war to begin with. The so call "weapons of mass destruction" ordeal was a huge distraction to hide the fact that the Bush administration has been too incompetent to find the leader of the men who were actually behind 9/11. We need a president who's going to find Osama Bin Laden and before pulling the troops out of Iraq begin with a little bit of diplomacy. All it takes is two people of intelligence to start working in the right direction.

    October 30, 2007 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  14. Doug Washington, Pennsylvania

    Richardson is the only hope for America. Republicans can try living in a blakc and white world if they want but all that does is get people hurt. There is no "good and evil". No, there's just people. We need a president who thinks like that and Richardson is the only one who does those things.
    Believe him, trust him....he knows what he is doing.

    October 30, 2007 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  15. Tony, Vienna VA

    Looking at Bill Richardson's official website and his 7 point plan, I have come to the conclution that he does indeed have a good idea of what to do to get the troops out of Iraq. He also explains what should be done after the we have pulled our troops out. I encourge everyone to got to his offical website, find out more about this issue, and come up with your own opinion. I do not however agree completly with his plan because Iraq, the contries official govt., will not stand a chance agenst the many tribes that would want to overthrow it. I believe they view it as an "American created abomination." But that's radical religious groups for ya. to get back to the point, Iraq does not have the means to defend itself, so we will help. When Iraq can fight its own battles, then we can leave.

    October 30, 2007 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. summus

    doesn't Richardson still support illegal immigration.

    October 30, 2007 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. George, Chicago

    Does Richardson really think that the war will end once our troops leave Iraq?

    October 30, 2007 06:48 pm at 6:48 pm |
  18. threeriverscrossing, Raleigh, North Carolina

    15 Reasons Why Governor Richardson Has My Support!

    **Governor Richardson believes in tax-cuts not raising taxes. He is a tax cutter not a tax raiser.

    **Governor Richardson believes in balance budget and line item veto and balanced his state's budget 5 times.

    **Governor Richardson believes in pro-growth measures and his state is the 6th in the top 10 ranking of fastest growing state economies.

    **Governor Richardson believes investing in education to create jobs and innovation.

    **Governor Richardson has negotiated with OPEC to lower oil prices while Sec. of Energy.

    **Governor Richardson's state initiatives in solar and wind energy alternate technologies have been recognized internationally.

    **Governor Richardson has brought Americans home from harm's way (Iraq and Saddam) A talented diplomat and negotiator.

    **Governor Richardson speaks three languages fluently.

    **Governor Richardson has had on-hands experience as Ambassador to the UN and understands the assets and short comings of the UN.

    **Governor Richardson was instrumental in bringing the Bush administration and the North Koreans together – The Santa Fe meetings

    **Governor Richardson believes the burden of Iraq and Iran should be put on the back of the President as the chief negotiator and mediator not on the backs of twenty year olds.

    **Governor Richardson knows how the legislative branch operates and functions -14 years in Congress and Chief Whip.

    **Governor Richardson is the only candidate that has language, cultural, and negotiator savvy to stop the government of Mexico policy of illegal immigration.

    **Governor Richardson is an advocate for all Americans but is the only candidate that has helped our Native Americans unlike the State of New York, Illinois and North Carolina.

    **Governor Richardson lacks Hollywood good looks, a bit over weight, does not have media savvy answers, not button up and has a quirky sense of humor. But always delivers.

    October 30, 2007 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  19. Daniel, El Paso, TX

    He is actually very moderate and very electable vs pretty much any of the republicans. He does not support illegal immigration and has a pretty center approach at solving the issue. Read up on it. Read up on what he wants to do in Iraq. Who knows why the media give all the attention to Obama and Clinton....

    October 30, 2007 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  20. Brian, Orlando, Florida

    I would love to vote for this guy, but I'm a Floridian and my vote is deemed unworthy of the democratic party.

    October 30, 2007 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |

    bill richardson is more on track than others. the bush administration created a huge mess throughout that entire region and we now have more enemies than before. the longer we stay, the worse it gets. we will never rebuild iraq in our image and democracy has no chance of succeeding as long as we continue to force it upon them. george w bush didn't just attack afghanistan and iraq, he attacked a culture. the people of that region are reacting no differently than we would react if a coalition of countries attacked and occupied the U S. george w bush is a bullheaded dimwit with the mentality of a cow pie. we need to get out asap even if we have to blacktop it and leave. where's the oil revenues that were supposed to help pay for reparations? halliburton and others are sucking up all the cash for to line the pockets of people like george w bush and dick cheney. in about 15 months those two criminals will be gone and america will be left holding a bag full of debts and iou's. but what do they care? when the chinese and japanese bill collectors start calling the white house bush and cheney will be rolling in money laughing all the way to the bank.

    October 31, 2007 05:30 am at 5:30 am |
  22. Elinor

    Richardson is the only candidate with the experience, the integrity, and the diplomatic experience required to be the next US President.

    Vietnam is now fine, although we left it to civil war. Compare to North Korea, which we did not abandon and is still in turmoil. Civil war cannot be prevented by force–eventually, its going to happen, one way or another–except in one scenario, US soldiers will die alongside Iraqis.

    Our valuable financial and military resources should not be wasted on Iraq, especially with looming terrorist threat from other countries.

    What other candidate has such vast Middle East experience, been nominated for Nobel Peace Prize(s!), or speaks with a calm and knowledgable demeanor? I am not drawn to uninformed hot heads, like too many of the other presidential candidates. Richardson has my vote.

    January 2, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |