Richardson said he won't campaign on Christmas.
MOUNT AYR, Iowa (CNN) – Gov. Bill Richardson said Monday he plans to be with his family in New Mexico—and not on the campaign trail—on Christmas Day, a holiday that falls just days before the January 3 Iowa caucus.
The Democratic presidential hopeful began a campaign event by joking with an Iowa audience that the state’s voters may be seeing a few candidates at their Christmas dinners this year.
Asked about whether or not he'd really be pushing for votes on the holiday, Richardson told CNN that Christmas, being a religious holiday, should be private.
"I'm not going to disturb Iowa voters on Christmas," Richardson said. "I'll be here the day before Christmas and the day after, but I think Christmas is [for] family. It's sacred."
The top three Democrats—all locked in a statistical dead heat in recent Iowa polls—have yet to say whether or not they'll campaign on Christmas.
A spokesman with Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, said Obama's schedule for Christmas is still "to be decided," and a spokesman with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, said they have no answers on her schedule "that far out." Former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards' Iowa spokesman said they are "still working out Edwards' late December schedule."
-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch